About 167,000 people in the United States die of stroke each year, and almost two-thirds of them are women. Stroke not only is women’s No. 3 killer but also is one of the leading causes of disability in America.
Smoking and uncontrolled high blood pressure are important risk factors for stroke. Although stroke is highly preventable, certain risk factors such as family history, age, sex and race cannot be controlled. Even if you’re at increased risk of stroke, you can still take steps to prevent it:
–Control your blood pressure.
–Lower your cholesterol.
–Limit saturated fats.
(Source: Mayo Clinic, on the web at www.mayoclinic.com)