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Female smokers are at highest risk for brain bleeds, study shows

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4077 (Published 22 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4077
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Female heavy smokers have the highest risk for subarachnoid haemorrhage, a large prospective population based study published in the journal Stroke has shown.

Earlier studies found women to be at higher risk for brain bleeds than men, but the reason was not clear. The new research has concluded that vulnerability to smoking seems to explain in part the increased risk of subarachnoid haemorrhage in women.

The study included 65 521 …

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