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. The recommendations were published in the journal Stroke. "There isn't a specific prevention strategy for women because we haven't studied it enough to find one," said study author Dr. Cheryl Bushnell of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. "But all of the healthy lifestyle recommendations apply equally to men and women."

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