Stroke disproportionately affects women as compared to men due to factors such as fluctuations in naturally occurring hormone levels, early age of menarche, and menopause.

Stroke is a leading cause of disability that affects 55,000 more women than men each year.

Researchers have found that stroke disproportionately affects women as compared to men due to factors such as fluctuations in naturally occurring hormone levels, early age of menarche, and menopause. According to the researchers, stroke is a leading cause of disability that affects 55,000 more women than men each year.

For the study, published in Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers delved into the scientific literature to investigate evidence about risk factors that are unique to women. They explored the effects of potential risk factors such as hormone levels, hormone therapy, hormonal birth control, pregnancy and time of menarche and menopause.

The research team found that fluctuations in naturally occurring hormone levels, adverse effects of supplemental hormones used as contraception, or to treat menopausal symptoms, are some of the factors that can elevate stroke risk among women. The team also noted that while many of these factors are extremely common, only a fraction of women who have one or more will have a stroke in their lifetimes.

FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT

Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.

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