The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association released new guidelines designed to help reduce stroke risk in women. The recommendations include low-dose aspirin or calcium supplements for pregnant women with a history of hypertension, blood pressure screening before use of oral contraceptives and screening of women over 75 for atrial fibrillation risk. "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 Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, author of the statement in the journal Stroke.

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