Does HT/HRT cause strokes?

MYTH

Data about the influence of HT on stroke are mixed. HT may increase the incidence of stroke, but this is nullified in women who exercise moderately. A stroke (ischemic stroke) is a clogged blood vessel blocking blood flow to the brain. Without blood flow and oxygen, brain tissue will die. Strokes can lead to serious losses of brain function. Strokes are the third leading cause of death in Canadian women and the risk for stroke increases with age.

The key to reducing the risk of stroke is a healthy lifestyle. The risk factors are:

  1. Hypertension
  2. Obesity
  3. Smoking
  4. Excessive alcohol
  5. Lack of exercise
  6. Diabetes
  7. Migraine headaches [with visual aura]
  8. Too little or too much sleep

Please discuss your personal risks for stroke when discussing HT with your healthcare provider.

Written By:

Jennifer Vander Zalm

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