Majority of American women aren’t aware of stroke risk factors, survey suggests

Stroke is the third leading cause of death for American women, but a survey conducted by Ohio State University researchers suggests only a fraction of women know the top risk factors for the condition.

The survey questioned 1,000 women and found that only 11 percent could identify pregnancy, lupus, migraine headaches, oral contraception or hormone replacement therapy as female-specific stroke risks, according to a news release. Only 10 percent of those women surveyed knew that hiccups combined with atypical chest pain is a warning sign of stroke when combined with or followed by other common stroke symptoms.

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