Study: Stroke Rates Declining In US, But Not Among Women - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Study: Stroke Rates Declining In US, But Not Among Women

Posted: Updated:
Study: Stroke Rates Declining In US, But Not Among Women Study: Stroke Rates Declining In US, But Not Among Women
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island -

Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in Oklahoma.

The number of people having strokes is dropping in the United States, but only among men.

CBS News Correspondent Danielle Nottingham caught up with Barby Crear, who was having a stress test.

The 67-year-old has heart disease which puts her at higher risk for stroke.

“I never thought women have strokes, I didn’t even think about that, you know,” she said. “All the people in my family who had strokes were guys.”

Now, a new study in the Journal of Neurology finds stroke rates are declining for men in America, but they’re holding steady for women.

“We’re still learning how to diagnose symptoms of stroke in women,” said Dr. Lisa Matzer, a cardiologist.

Researchers at Brown University looked at more than one million adults over 17 years.

Matzer believes part of the reason why the numbers haven’t improved for women is they don’t always know how to spot the signs.

“I don’t feel good. I feel tired. My muscles are weak. These are all symptoms, warning symptoms of a stroke or mini stroke. Yet, a woman isn’t understanding that these are symptoms that you see your doctor,” Matzer said.

High-blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are stroke risk factors and have been increasing in women as obesity rates rise.

Since seeing Dr. Matzer, Crear said she’s changed her diet and has been able to cut back on cholesterol medication.

“I’ve started getting so much better it took a couple of years,” Crear said.

She will continue to get stress tests twice a year to monitor her health.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.