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The Institute for Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease recognizes the gender disparity in stroke as a health crisis. To bridge the gap, we are providing educational resources and innovative research to support women in the stroke field and advance care for female stroke patients.
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These facts are alarming, but the good news is something can be done to reduce the risk of stroke for women.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. In either case, the brain is starved of oxygen and its cells begin to quickly die. There are three types of stroke: ischemic, hemorrhagic, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Ischemic stroke is more common and is caused by a clot. Hemorrhagic stroke is when the blood vessel bursts and bleeds into the brain. Transient ischemic attacks are temporary clots but are just as emergent as the other types of stroke.
Women have unique risk factors, such as birth control medication, pregnancy and menopause, that put them at a higher risk for stroke. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is one of the main leading causes for stroke.
Prevention starts with keeping your medical conditions in control and practicing healthier lifestyle habits. A helpful guide is to follow your "ABCS".
A for Ask Your Doctor to determine what medications, treatments and services work best for you
B for Blood pressure – monitor your blood pressure levels routinely
C for Cholesterol – manage your cholesterol
S for Smoking – refrain from smoking
As a research institution, we continue to provide opportunities for our female colleagues to strive. Four of seven leadership positions within the institution are held by female colleagues and half of our vascular neurology fellows are women. In addition, our associates have contributed to gender and race disparity research within the stroke field.
The Stroke community continues to grow and evolve with the valuable contribution of bright and resourceful women; however, I hope that more women could get involve in the field, because it can really benefit from the insightful, organized and caring minds of women around the globe, who give their effort and dedication to advance research and treat their patients with excellence.
Juliana Gomez, Vascular Neurology Graduate
Throughout Women's History Month (March), we compiled a growing list of women leaders. We recognized women leaders in stroke across the globe to honor their contributions to the field. You can view the full thread on Twitter here.
A few women from our institution are highlighted above: Myriam Fornage, PhD, Anjail Sharrief, MD, MPH, Louise McCullough, MD, PhD, and Amanda Jagolino-Cole, MD.
Our honorable mention list includes women from outside our institution as well, who are making strides in the stroke field.
Listed in no particular order:
Janice J. Eng
Cheryl Bushnell, MD
Dawn Kleindorfer, MD
Robin Brey, MD
Robin Novokovic - UTSW in Dallas
Heather Fullerton, MD, MAS
Jennifer Simpson, MD
Karen Furie, MD, MPH
Pooja Khatri, MD
Jennifer Majersik, MD, MS
Julie Bernhardt, PhD
Anna Planas, PhD
Ana Catarina Fonseca, MD, PhD, MPH
Sheila Martins, MD, MSc, PhD
Cheryl Bushnell, MD
Anne Alexandrov, PhD, RN, CCRN, ANVP-BC, NVRN-BC, FAAN
Else Charlotte Sandset,MD, PhD
Hanne Christensen, MD, PhD, DMSCI, FESO
Norlinah Mohamed Ibrahim, MD
Nikola Sprigg, FRCP, MD
Deidre A. De Silva, MBBS, FRCO, FAMS
Lauren H. Sansing, MD, MS, FAHA, FANA
Pam Duncan, PhD
Sheryl Martin-Schild, MD, PhD, FANA, FAHA
Marilyn Cipolla, PhD
Natalia Rost, MD
Argye Hillis, MD
Devin Brown, MD, MS
Amytis Towfighi, MD
Lesli Skolarus, MD
Nicole Gonzales, MD
Wendy Ziai, MD
Patrice Lindsay, MD
Rebecca Gottesman, MD, PhD
Tanya Turan, MD
Tatjana Rundek, MD
Mai N. Nguyen-Huynh, MD, MAS
Thanh Nguyen, MD