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Stroke Smart Magazine

January/February 2008

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Stroke Risk Higher in Women Who Have Panic Attacks

A recent study has linked panic attacks to increased stroke risk.  Panic attacks, which can feel like a heart attack, can signal future heart trouble. Earlier research showed that panic attacks are more common in women than in men.  In a study of 330 women, researchers concluded that stroke and heart risk were three times as great among those who had experienced panic attacks in the past.  And while there are drugs to treat panic attacks, there is no evidence that the medicine reduces stroke or heart risk.


Taking Herbal Sex Pills Could Lead to Stroke

For men on heart and blood pressure drugs, taking some types of herbal sex pills could lead to stroke or even death. The pills are said to be “all natural;” however, some contain the unregulated pharmaceuticals that they are said to replace.  When mixed with the nitrate drugs that are prescribed to lower blood pressure, blood flow is slowed and a stroke or heart attack can occur. Make sure you discuss all of your medicines even the herbal or natural ones with your doctor so that you can identify potentially dangerous interactions.


Rheumatoid Arthritis and Stroke

A study from the United Kingdom indicates that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a 67 percent greater risk of suffering a stroke. When applied to the U.S. population, this translates to 5,000 strokes in this country, every year. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, ask your doctor about stroke risk.


Women Fare Worse When It Comes to Stroke

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The National Report Card on Women’s Health, released by the National Women’s Law Center, supports the notion that more women than men die from strokes each year. This finding comes as no surprise even though strokes are more common among men. To learn more about the unique stroke risks faced by women, call National Stroke Association at (800) STROKES and ask for a free copy of the “Women in Your Life” brochure.



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