Preventing stroke

Published: November, 2007

You can do it — if you know your risks and take steps to reduce them.

Stroke is the sudden interruption of oxygen to part of the brain — whether caused by the blockage of an artery supplying the brain (ischemic stroke) or bleeding in the brain from a ruptured blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). More than three million American women have had a stroke. It's the third most common cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 100,000 women per year. It's also the nation's leading cause of long-term disability, robbing many survivors of their independence and causing dementia in up to 25% of them.

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