Strokes in women

Strokes 3rd leading cause of death in women, but the 5th leading cause in men.

Women require institutionalizations after a stroke more often than men.

Women have greater frequency of subarachnoid hemorrhage than men.

60% of deaths after strokes occur in women.

After nonfatal stroke women have greater disability than men.

Women with history of preeclampsia are at higher risk for future stroke.

BP measurement should be done prior to starting oral contraceptives .

Hormone replacement should not be used for primary or secondary prevention of stroke in post menopausal state.

As migraine frequency is associated with strokes, reducing migraines with prophylactic medication may decrease stroke incidence.

AF in elderly women associated with higher incidence of stroke.

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