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Complications of pregnancy link to future stroke risk

A study has found that women suffering from pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, have a two fold risk for developing cardiovascular disease, focusing on stroke, after ten years compared to women with no complications. Other pregnancy complications considered were placental abruption, preterm birth, small for gestational age, large for gestational age, oligohydramnios, postpartum hemorrhage, and stillbirth. These findings should stimulate doctors and pregnant patients to avoid other stroke risk factors, including obesity, smoking, low physical activity, untreated high blood pressure, high fat diet, and high cholesterol. African American women were at a greater risk of suffering cardiovascular events including subarachnoid hemorrage, intercerebral hemorrhage, and ischemic stroke.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by MedPage Today

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About: Complications of pregnancy link to future stroke risk

Date: 28 September 2005

Source: MedPage Today

Author: Paula Moyer

URL: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Neurology/Strokes/tb/1833

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