Life-saving Facts about Women and Stroke


Life-saving Facts about
Women and Stroke

Dr. Abdul Malik
General Secretary- Pakistan Stroke Society
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The World Stroke Organization (WSO) is calling for immediate action to address the global epidemic of stroke. We in Pakistan as global partner of the WSO are spreading this message to our community from the platform of the Pakistan Stroke Society (PSS) in collaboration with  Pakistan Society of Neurology (PSN) & Neurology Awareness & Research Foundation (NARF). This year “I Am Woman” campaign reinforces the fact that while stroke does not discriminate between sexes, women are more at risk of having a stroke and in many cases are the primary caregiver to an affected husband, father, mother, daughter or son.

Stroke happens in an instant and people have no time to prepare themselves for what lies ahead – often a long and lonely journey through rehabilitation.This year, an estimated 17 million strokes will affect people across the globe, wreaking immediate and devastating changes on the lives of both those who suffer them and those closest to them. We in collaboration with WSO are working to raise awareness, prevent stroke and improve treatment to make life better for stroke survivors. An important strategy in its work is advocating for a comprehensive, continuum approach, from prevention to treatment and toward rehabilitation and long-term support.

Why Focus Awareness on Women and Stroke?

Women have a higher stroke mortality rate than men. Six in ten stroke deaths happen to women, largely due to stroke occurring later in life for women — when the outcome is more severe.

•     Beside the stroke, common risk factors its plus to women experience i.e. these stroke risk factors which are sex-specific to women: preeclampsia, use of birth control pills, hormone replacement after menopause, hormone change and gestational diabetes.

•     Additionally, some stroke subtypes are more prevalent in women such as stroke due to cerebral venous thrombosis and aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

•     Women with stroke often do not receive comparable care to men with stroke; they tend to be given less acute care and rehabilitation than men despite responding equally well to treatment.

•     Women more often report a decrease in mental health after becoming caregivers. Female caregivers of spouses who have suffered a major disease such as stroke tend to report lower quality of mental health, such as increased depression.

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17 million people experience a stroke each year. Stroke is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Every other second stroke attacks a person—regardless of age or sex.
Six million lives are lost to stroke each year. Every six seconds stroke kills someone!
Behind these Facts are Real Lives.
Protect yourself and the women in your life.