Lockdown lifestyle can increase risk of stroke among younger women

Women over 40 have a significantly higher risk of brain aneurysm and stroke than men and are very much at risk during the current crisis, an expert has warned.

Dr Eleanor Galvin said: “The stress of juggling a more complex home and work life can cause increased blood pressure and the pandemic stress is happening at a time when decreasing oestrogen hormone levels in perimenopausal women is reducing the elasticity of our vascular tissue.

“A combination of other Covid-related lifestyle factors, such as a reduced ability to attend exercise classes, comfort eating, increased alcohol consumption at home and smoking, all create the perfect environment for a brain aneurysm to develop.”

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By Dr. Eleanor Galvin