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New Risk Factors For Stroke In Women

Women have more strokes than men and they die more often from them. But there is hope that new risk factor guidelines will help save lives.
Women have more strokes than men and they die more  often from them. But there is hope that new risk factor guidelines will help save lives. 

If you met Christina Goodermote, you would never realize she has survived three strokes. 

"I had my third stroke at the age of 39 and that is young," she said.

The first two she did not even know were strokes.

"One time I was driving home from work and had gone blind in one eye. I pulled over to the side of the road and the second eye had gone blind," she recalled.

Her doctor told her it was from severe migraines where she saw flashes. The American Heart and Stroke Associations now have new guidelines for women's risk factors. Those risks include pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, migraines with aura and atrial fibrillation.

"I think it's really more of a recognition that there are some things that are specific to women in the case of eclampsia and preecalmpsia during pregnancy or more common such as migraine headaches," Dr. Mary Dombovy said.

Dr. Dombovy is a member of the American Heart Association. She is calling on women to know their risk factors, check their blood pressure and stop smoking.

"I think women don't take care of themselves as much as they take care of other people, because that is their role in life. They tend to write off symptoms that they have more readily than men do," she said.

Christina hopes this new guide helps save more lives. 

"This is information that every woman should be aware of, try to follow good healthy living guidelines," she said.

Signs of a stroke include face drooping, arm weakness and slurred speech. If there are any signs, call 911 immediately. You have just three to four hours to get help to prevent severe damage. 
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