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Women who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of the most common type of stroke, called ischaemic stroke, but a decreased risk of a more often fatal type of stroke, called haemorrhagic stroke. That's the conclusion of research from Oxford University's Cancer Epidemiology Unit.

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Professor Gillian Reeves said: 'We found that the risk of ischaemic stroke, which is associated with a blockage of blood flow to the brain and is the most common stroke subtype, is increased in overweight and obese women. By contrast, the risk of haemorrhagic stroke, which is associated with bleeding into the brain, is decreased in overweight and obese women.

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