How common are strokes in women?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A stroke happens when a blood clot travels to or forms in a part of the brain. Deprived of oxygen, the brain cells in the affected area die off. According to the National Stroke Association, up to half a million women experience a stroke (55% more than men) every year, and at least one out of five of these women die. What’s more, stroke is not a disease that discriminates by age. In fact, strokes are on the rise in young women by up to 40%. Lastly, women are more likely to die from a stroke than men partly because their symptoms can be less common and are more easily missed.
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