Women & Stroke: Stroke is a major medical emergency and if you or someone you know is at risk of stroke, be sure to act F.A.S.T. and receive medical treatment right away. Many risk factors can increase the likelihood of having a stroke. Women are more at risk for stroke than men because, generally, women live longer and have more risk factors. It’s important to learn about your family’s medical history and if you may be more prone to strokes due to certain or multiple risk factors.