AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017

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Excess Weight in Women has Different Effects on Different Types of Stroke

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According to new research, women who are overweight or obese may have an increased risk of the most common kind of stroke, called ischemic stroke, but a decreased risk of a more often deadly stroke, called hemorrhagic stroke. Stroke is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide and the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. “We found that the risk of ischemic stroke, which is associated with a blockage of blood flow to the brain and is the most common stroke subtype, is increased in overweight and obese women. By contrast, the risk of hemorrhagic stroke, which is associated with bleeding into the brain, is decreased in overweight and obese women,” said study author Gillian Reeves, PhD, with the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. To read more, click here.

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