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Women and Stroke 

What a Scripps neurologist wants you to know
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Stroke is a serious and potentially deadly medical condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 1 in 5 women between age 55 and 75 will suffer a stroke. However, younger women may not realize that they, too, could be at higher risk due to certain medications—including birth control pills—pregnancy, smoking, and even migraines.

Poorly controlled or uncontrolled hypertension, an irregular heartbeat, nicotine use, diabetes and high cholesterol also increase stroke risk for both men and women. To find out more about stroke and the contributing factors that can raise your risk, click here.

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