Postmenopausal women may have larger risk of stroke

Jul 02, 2012

For elderly women after menopause, there may be a greater risk of stroke.

Women who have gone through menopause may have a greater risk of stroke, according to researchers at New York University's Langone Medical Center.

The study said traditional risk factors for strokes, such as high cholesterol, are not as accurate as predicting risks in postmenopausal women. Instead, doctors may want to pay attention to triglyceride levels to determine which women have a higher risk.

"Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are affected by stroke, and there is a tremendous emphasis on identifying people at increased risk," said lead author Dr. Jeffrey S. Berger, assistant professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular thrombosis at NYU School of Medicine. "This study revealed that what we've been using to evaluate risk all these years actually has little to no predictive value in older women. Triglyceride levels, however, take on a new significance. "

Risks like these are a good reason for people to apply for term life insurance and protect their families.


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