Creating a free account will enable you to subscribe to our daily and weekly email newsletters, as well as customize your reading experience to show only the categories most relevant to you.
Signing up only take a few minutes, so why not give it a try and see what you've been missing out on.
The advice that "smoking is bad for you" may be old news, but the American Heart Association has released a new study in their journal Stroke, which reveals women are more susceptible to certain stroke-related risks that result from smoking.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from over 80 studies worldwide from 1966 to 2013. In total, the studies included nearly four million individuals and over 42,000 cases of strokes.
Results show that compared with non-smokers, both men and women who smoke have a 60-80% increased risk for having any type of stroke. Smoking also causes a 50% greater risk of ischemic stroke, the most common one - caused by a blood clot - in both men and women.
But further results show that the risk for the most deadly kind of stroke - hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by a brain bleed - is 17% higher for female smokers than for male smokers.
The researchers suggest that the reason this risk may be higher in women comes down to hormones and how nicotine can impact blood fats. They say that fats, cholesterol and triglycerides tend to increase more in women who smoke, compared with their male smoker counterparts.
This combination of elevated blood fats and smoking in females can increase the risk for coronary heart disease more so than for men, researchers say.
Additional findings from the study reveal that compared with male smokers, the stroke risk for female smokers in Western countries is 10% higher than it is in Asian countries, which researchers suggest is due to a "greater cumulative exposure to smoking."
The researchers say that the study also found evidence that quitting smoking can "significantly reduce their stroke risk."
Lead author Rachel Huxley says:
"Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor for stroke for both men and women, but fortunately, quitting smoking is a highly effective way to lower your stroke risk. Tobacco control policies should be a mainstay of primary stroke prevention programs."
An August 2013 BMJ study revealed that a UK-based "stop smoking" program successfully saved 25,000 years of life.The American Heart Association provides guidelines for how to deal with urges to smoke while quitting, including:
Other recommendations include taking deep breaths, going for a walk, trying to relax, calling a friend and cutting back on caffeine.
Written by Marie Ellis
Copyright: Medical News Today
Not to be reproduced without the permission of Medical News Today.
Smoking as a Risk Factor for Stroke in Women Compared With Men Rachel R. Huxley, et al., Stroke, published online 22 August 2013.
Visit our Stroke category page for the latest news on this subject.
Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:
Ellis, Marie. "Female smokers at higher risk for hemorrhagic stroke." Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 25 Aug. 2013. Web.
8 Dec. 2013. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265183>
Ellis, M. (2013, August 25). "Female smokers at higher risk for hemorrhagic stroke." Medical News Today. Retrieved from
Please note: If no author information is provided, the source is cited instead.
If you write about specific medications, operations, or procedures please do not name healthcare professionals by name.
For any corrections of factual information, or to contact the our editorial team, please use our feedback form. Please send any medical news or health news press releases to:
Note: Any medical information published on this website is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with a health care professional. For more information, please read our terms and conditions.
This page was printed from: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265183.php
Visit www.medicalnewstoday.com for medical news and health news headlines posted throughout the day, every day.
© 2004-2013 All rights reserved. MNT (logo) is the registered trade mark of MediLexicon International Limited.