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Stroke-Prevention Guidelines for Women by AHA

Stroke-Prevention Guidelines for Women by AHA

Stroke risk rises with age, and women tend to live longer than men.  Women are also more likely to be living by themselves when they have a stroke, to have a more complicated and prolonged recovery, and to require assisted living or institutionalized care after suffering a stroke.

Specific Risk Factors Common Among Women

According to Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, an attending cardiologist, and Director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, “Diabetes, depression and emotional stress are additional risk actors that increase the risk of stroke in women greater than men”.

Gender-Specific Guidelines

The American Heart Association has issued its first guidelines for preventing strokes in women. Their focus is on birth control, pregnancy, depression and other risk factors that women face uniquely or more frequently than men do.

The new stroke prevention recommendations for women are based on the most current scientific research and include:


There are many things women can do at younger ages, during child-bearing years, which can impact stroke risk later in life, so it’s an important message to have physicians — especially OB/GYNs, who may be the only doctors some women see at younger ages — involved in stroke-prevention care early on.


Without risk, cardiovascular disease does not develop and 80 to 90% of the time, lifestyle management can prevent it.


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