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Women 'less likely to have stroke after mini-stroke'

9th March 2009

People suffering mini-strokes are more likely to have a more serious one after their experience, although men are more likely to suffer the consequences than women, new research states.

The study, carried out at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Yale University, found that gender differences must be more effectively researched if a cure is to be found or follow-up care is developed.

It was understood that within 30 days of a mini-stroke, women are 30 per cent less likely to have a stroke, 14 per cent less likely to have heart-related issues and 26 per cent less likely to die than male counterparts of the same age.

Lead author Judith H Lichtman said: "Identifying opportunities to improve primary and secondary stroke prevention is increasingly important as our population ages and is at greater risk."

Her comments follow a new initiative launched by the Stroke Association in the UK, emphasising the acronym Fast: identifying 'Facial' weakness, 'Arm' weakness and 'Speech' problems before stating that if all three are present, it is 'Time' to call the emergency services.

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