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More Women than Men Dying from Stroke in Ireland

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that sixty per cent more women than men are dying from stroke in Ireland.

Out of 2, 053 stroke deaths that occurred nationwide in 2010, 1, 258 were women (61.28% of deaths).

To mark National Stroke Week this week, the Irish Heart Foundation has urged women to be extra vigilant about stroke warning signs, particularly at early onset.

Speaking about the statistics, Dr. Angie Browne, Irish Heart Foundation Medical Director, had this to say:

“The higher the death rate from stroke among women is not widely known. The fact is that stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer, and we are particularly asking women to be aware of the FAST warning signs during National Stroke Week.”

Stroke is Ireland’s biggest killer.

Please visit the Irish Heart Foundation for more information on detecting the signs of stroke.

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