7 Ways Women Can Prevent a Stroke
7 Ways Women with Diabetes Can Prevent a Stroke
By Sandra Gordon
Each year, approximately 477,000 women in the U.S. have a stroke, a "brain attack" that occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts, which obstructs blood flow to the brain. Women outnumber men in the stroke department. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 55,000 more women have a stroke than men. Strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer every year.
In addition to gender, diabetes creates the vascular conditions ripe for stroke by making your arteries more likely to form artery-clogging plaque. Consequently, "women with diabetes have about four times the risk of stroke than women without diabetes," says Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., associate professor of neurology at Wakeforest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a co-author of the American Heart Association's 2011 updated guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in women. Prevention is key. Here are seven ways you can reduce your risk of stroke to help you stay healthier and get the help you need should stroke strike.
Reviewed by Jason Baker, MD 11/14
1 - American Heart Association. Statistical Fact Sheet 2012 Update, Women & Cardiovascular Disease. http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@sop/@smd/documents/downloadable/ucm_319576.pdf.
2 - American Stroke Association. http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/About-Stroke_UCM_308529_SubHomePage.jsp.
3 - Interview: Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., Associate professor of neurology, Wakeforest Baptist Medical Center.
4 - Mosca, L, et al. (2011). Effectiveness-Based Guidelines for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Women, 2011 Update: A Guideline From the American Heart Association 123(1243-1262).
5 - National Stroke Association. Women and Stroke. http://www.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=women.
Reviewed by Jason C. Baker, MD. 8/12
Squash with Asiago Cheese Mushroom Barley Soup Asian-Style Pork with Green Soybeans Picadillo Tortillas Mixed Berry and Peach Smoothie Curried Chicken (Gluten Free) Garlicky Greens and Beans Spanish-Style Scrambled Eggs Marvelicious Mac and Cheese Goat Cheese and Herb Spread
As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the benefits that made it cost-effective for me to go with the real healthcare (HSA) plan rather than the phony (HRA) plan is that my company is now covering "preventative" medicines at $0 copay. The formulary for these, as stated by CVS/Caremark (my pharmacy benefits provider), covers all test strips, lancets, and control solutions. I dutifully get my doctor to write up prescriptions for all of my testing needs, submit...