Smoking risk: Hemorrhagic stroke

smoking risk and strokesAccording to new research, female smokers have an increased risk of a rarer, deadlier type of stroke. Looking at more than 80 international studies, the study—published in Stroke—found that both men and women had a 50 percent increased risk of ischemic stroke compared with nonsmokers, but women smokers in particular were 17 percent more likely than their male counterparts to suffer from a hemorrhagic stroke (although the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship).

Ischemic strokes are caused by blood clots while hemorrhagic strokes are caused by a ruptured blood vessel and subsequent bleeding. Researchers hypothesize the reason could be linked to hormones and blood fats that are increased more in women who smoke compared to men.

The good news? You can decrease this risk by quitting smoking. A number of quit-smoking aids are available, including nicotine replacement and medications. Ask your health care provider about assistance in kicking the habit once and for all.

Help with quitting

Did you know that free help is available right here in your community?  Learn more about the Cheshire Coalition For Tobacco-Free Communities and what they have to offer. The Coalition sponsors an extensive array of treatment programs for those who wish to quit using tobacco