New guidelines focus on stroke prevention in women

02/6/2014 | HealthDay News · Reuters

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association released new guidelines designed to help reduce stroke risk in women. Recommendations include prescribing low-dose aspirin or calcium supplements to pregnant women with a history of hypertension, screening women for high blood pressure before taking oral contraceptives, and screening women over 75 for atrial fibrillation risks. "If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and other sex-related factors," said Cheryl Bushnell, author of the guidelines published in the journal Stroke.

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