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Women face higher risk of stroke than men

Published on Feb 7, 2014 6:23 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Women face a higher risk of stroke than men, particularly due to high blood pressure disorders in pregnancy and other hormonal factors, United States (US) doctors said on Thursday.

The warning was contained in new guidelines for preventing stroke, issued by the American Heart Association and for the first time aimed specifically at women, who are more likely to die of strokes than men.

Women's unique vulnerabilities include common pregnancy complications, use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, migraines and heart problems, said the guidelines.

"If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men," said Dr Cheryl Bushnell, author of the new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

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