Strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States*, but up to 80% of strokes could be prevented with lifestyle changes.** Learn what you can do to lower your risk of stroke and know how to identify one when you see it.
While one-third of Americans have at least one major stroke risk factor***, certain populations are more prone to strokes. Women in particular have a higher risk of stroke and are more likely to die from one than men, mainly because they may have unique symptoms that aren’t immediately identified as a stroke symptom.****
Black Americans who smoke are twice as likely to develop a stroke than Black non-smokers.*****
If you can lower or manage these stroke risk factors, you can lower your risk of developing a stroke.
Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke could save your life, or someone else’s. Getting emergency help as soon as possible can minimize the risk of long-term disability or death that can occur when the brain is deprived of oxygen.
When women experience a stroke, they often report these symptoms:
AHN Stroke Centers have advanced treatments for major strokes that include medications that dissolve blood clots and surgical procedures to remove clots. Mini strokes, or transient ischemic attacks (TIA), can be treated and managed with lifestyle changes, including adopting a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and taking a blood thinner or other medication.