Contrary to popular belief, strokes are more common in women than in men. We’re still trying to understand why, and researchers at OHSU are on the case. Part of it relates to the fact that strokes increase with age, and women live longer than men, but there are other possible factors being researched as well.
Right now, women should know and monitor the risk factors that increase their chances of having a stroke: high blood pressure, heart disease, smoking, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Read more on OHSU’s On the Brain blog and let me know what you think.