Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Medical Notes

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More | than 30,000 women a year in the UK die from a stroke, making it the third biggest killer among women - yet one in eight is unaware of the risks, a new poll shows.

According to the Stroke Association, women account for two-thirds of all stroke deaths and one in five will suffer a stroke at some point in their lives. Their chances of becoming a victim signifi-cantly increase with age.

"It's extremely worrying that most women don't even have stroke on their radar," said the Stroke Association's Nikki Hill.

|women top of their "This should serve as a wake-up call to women of all ages to be aware and better informed of the steps they can take to reduce their risk "Simple lifestyle changes, such as keeping blood pressure under control, exercising regularly and stopping smoking, could signifi-cantly lower women's likelihood of having a stroke."

GoING | for a regular swim regularly protect older people from suffering falls, experts in Australia found.

A study of 1,600 people by the University of Western Sydney found swimmers were 33 per cent less likely to suffer a fall than those who took part in other activities, such as walking or golf.

The researchers believe swimming may help because it improves balance and posture more than land-based activities because of the effort involved in supporting the body in the pool.

THe | large differences in the proportion and treatment of people with diabetes and high blood pressure in England have been revealed in an interactive online map. …

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