Medically Reviewed by Timothy Hagen, DO
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the leading cause of death and long-term disability in the United States. For a number of reasons, more women suffer this “heart attack of the brain” than men. A number of issues -- such as migraine headaches with auras, smoking, hormone therapy, preeclampsia during pregnancy, age and family history – can put a woman at increased risk of stroke. High blood pressure is both a risk of stroke and a sign to watch for.