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6 Ways Men Can Prevent a Stroke

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By Sandra Gordon

Each year, 55,000 fewer men experience a stroke than women. The "brain attack" occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and glucose to the brain gets blocked by a clot or bursts, which impedes blood flow to the brain. Still, stroke is far from a woman's disease.

"Stroke is more prevalent in women because they tend to live longer and stroke occurs more often at older ages," says Rohan Arora, M.D., a vascular neurologist at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. (The risk of stroke doubles for every decade after age 55.) "But men have a higher risk for stroke," Dr. Arora says. In fact, a major study in Stroke that reviewed 98 studies involving stroke and gender found that men had a 33 percent higher risk of stroke than women, with a mean age of first-ever stroke at around age 68 (for women it was 72.9).

During a stroke, 1.9 million brain cells die every minute, which can lead to disability or even death. The good news? According to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Are you doing all you can to stay healthy, especially as you get older? These six tips can help stop stroke before it stops you.


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