2007-06-20 Middle Age Women at Greater Risk for Stroke


More women than men are having strokes in middle, though researchers aren’t sure why, according to a new study published in the June 20 issue of Neurology.

Researchers say heart disease and increased waist size may be contributing to the mid-life stroke surge, but does not explain the disparity between men and women.

“While further study is needed, this mid-life stroke surge among women suggests prompt and close attention may need to be paid to the cardiovascular health of women in their mid-30s to mid-50s with a goal of mitigating this burden,” said study author Amytis Towfighi, MD, with the Stroke Center and Department of Neurology at the University of California at Los Angeles.(Read entire article)

2007-06-20 Women Have Double the Risk of Mid-Life Stroke


Twice as many American women than men are suffering strokes in middle age, a new study shows.

The trend may be largely due to increases in heart disease and weight gain among women, according to the report in the June 20 online edition of Neurology.

"In the age range of 45 to 54, women were more than twice as likely to report having had a stroke," said lead author Dr. Amytis Towfighi, of the Stroke Center and department of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles. (Read entire article)