Minimising your risk of stroke during pandemic is crucial

Stress and other factors are causing a spike in brain aneurysms in women over 40

October 29th is World Stroke Day. ‘Brain aneurysms are sometimes called the silent killer,’ says Dr Eleanor Galvin, ‘because very often you don’t know you have one until it is too late.’ Photograph: iStock

October 29th is World Stroke Day. ‘Brain aneurysms are sometimes called the silent killer,’ says Dr Eleanor Galvin, ‘because very often you don’t know you have one until it is too late.’ Photograph: iStock

The pressure of the pandemic has created a perfect storm for women over the age of 40, putting them at risk of developing a brain aneurysm or stroke, according to Dr Eleanor Galvin. She recognises it as a worrying risk factor for women’s health and highlights the importance of continuing to screen patients and raise awareness of the signs of a brain aneurysm to ensure early detection and treatment.

“The coronavirus is not only a respiratory illness. Research shows it is causing a spike in stroke due to unusual clotting of blood in asymptomatic healthy people,” says Galvin. “The added stress of juggling a more complex home life, along with financial worries, can cause increased blood pressure for women at a time when decreasing oestrogen levels reduces the elasticity of our vascular tissue.

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