Smoking Leads To Increased Stroke Risk In Women

smoking riskA new study has found that smoking increased the stroke risk in women.

Younger women who smoke more than double their risk of stroke, compared directly to non-smokers.

Researchers carried out the study by looking at women aged 15 to 49-years old.

They all smoked cigarettes, and were found to be 2.6 times more likely to have a stroke compared to women who have never smoked.

Researchers were led by Dr. John Cole of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

The more they smoked, the higher the risk was. A woman who smoked two packs a day faces a 9.1 times increased risk.

Smoking Ups Stroke Risk for Young Women

woman smokeBut Study Shows Cutting Down or Quitting Smoking Can Reduce the Risk.

Young women who smoke are twice as likely to have a stroke as their nonsmoking peers, according to a new study. And the more cigarettes a woman smokes per day, the bigger her risk.

The study was published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. The researchers, who studied women ages 15 to 49, found that women who smoke one to 10 cigarettes per day increase their stroke risk 2.2 times. Women who smoke 11 to 20 cigarettes per day increase stroke risk 2.5 times, while those who smoke 21 to 39 per day increase stroke risk more than fourfold. The heaviest smokers — those who smoke 40 or more cigarettes per day — increase their risk 9.1 times.