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Some Women Have Higher Stroke Risk than Men Says New Study

A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that women over 65 years old with irregular heartbeats have an 18% higher risk of stroke than men.

The study, from Karolinska Institution in Sweden, also found that women over the age of 65 with no other risk factors were at greater risk of stroke than men.

For the study, researchers assessed over 100, 000 patients for an average of 1.2 years. In their research they discovered that the annual stroke rate for women was 6.2% and only 4.2% for men.

Focusing on the occurrence of ischaemic strokes, the research indicates that women over 65 should be targeted when deciding anti-clotting treatment for stroke.

Even though women overall have a higher risk of stroke than men, women with irregular heart rhythm under the age of 65 have no significant increased risk of stroke in comparison to men, the study also found.

For more information on stroke and stroke prevention, please visit the Irish Heart Foundation.

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