Each year, stroke kills 2x as many women as breast cancer.
Women have unique risk factors for stroke.
- Stroke risk increases with age, and women often live longer than men. This is largely why 6 in 10 people who die from stroke are women.
- Stroke risk doubles in women at midlife and roughly doubles during the 10 years after menopause.
- Stroke risk increases during pregnancy.
- Taking birth control pills may double stroke risk, especially in women with high blood pressure.
In the United States, 1 in 5 women will have a stroke.
All women can take 5 steps to reduce their risk for high blood pressure.
- Know your family history.
- Be physically active.
- Eat a healthy diet that’s low in sodium.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Avoid smoking. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke.