Stroke RiskWednesday, May 14, 2014
About 800,000 strokes occur each year in the U.S. Men and women share a number of stroke risk factors but women also have a few that are unique. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about stroke risk in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Anyone can have a stroke no matter your age, race or gender. But the chances of having a stroke increase if a person has certain risk factors, or criteria that can cause a stroke.
Men traditionally have had a greater risk of stroke than women. And while some risk factors are the same for men and women, there are several that are unique to women. Risk factors that are the same for men and women include:
A family history of stroke
High blood pressure
Being overweight, and
Risks that are more unique to women include:
Taking birth control pills
Being pregnant. Stroke risk increases during pregnancy due to natural
changes in the body such as increased blood pressure and workload on the heart
Using hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms
Being post-menopausal with a thick waist and high triglyceride level
increases stroke risk five-fold, and
Having migraine headaches. Migraines can increase a womans stroke
risk three to six times. For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.