Harvard Women's Health Watch

Wake-up call on stroke in women

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in both sexes, but it's not an equal-opportunity health crisis.

Most of the 700,000 people who have strokes each year in the United States are women, and more women die of strokes than men do. Among stroke survivors, women are more disabled and more likely to enter a nursing home. For years, it's been thought this disparity exists mainly because women live longer and tend to have strokes later in life, when they also have other health problems and less support for remaining at home.

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