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Charity: Many women unaware of lifestyle stroke risks

Charity: Many women unaware of lifestyle stroke risks
11th November 2008

Many women are unaware of simple measures they can take to reduce their risk of having a stroke, a new study has found.

The Stroke Association said that 110 women under the age of 65 will have a stroke this week in the UK.

But it found that more than half of women do not know what their blood pressure is, despite the fact that high blood pressure is the "single biggest risk factor" for stroke.

"People do not realise that by making very small lifestyle changes they can dramatically reduce the risk of having a stroke," commented Joe Korner, director of external affairs at the Stroke Association.

Taking moderate exercise or eating more fruit and vegetables are two such positive measures the charity spokesperson said can have a significant effect.

A separate study released earlier this week suggested that individuals who have been given the flu vaccine may have a lower risk of developing blood clots in their veins.

Findings presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2008 appeared to indicate that flu jabs could reduce the risk of forming a venous thrombotic embolism by 26 per cent.

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