A UAB expert develops the first published stroke prevention guidelines for women. Current figures show that more women are still dying from strokes than men. According to the American Stroke Association, sixty percent of strokes occur in women. Dr. Virginia Howard, co-author of the new scientific statement guidelines for the prevention of stroke in women, says there are many considerations about stroke that might be different for women - including reproductive factors, diabetes and atrial fibrillation. The guidelines highlight stroke risks unique to women and provide scientifically based recommendations on how best to treat them. Howard says that many people think stroke is an old person's disease, but strokes can occur at any age.