Pregnancy increases Woman's Stroke Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the Loyola University Health System suggest that pregnant women face a 2.4 times more risk of having a stroke than non-pregnant women. The review article discusses pregnancy-induced high-blood pressure syndrome and discusses the increased risk for stroke. The researchers report is published in the journal Women’s Health.

Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are rare but serious pregnancy condition that can cause high-blood pressure. High blood pressure is anything that measures higher than 140 for the top number or 90 for the bottom number. The serious illness is called HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count).

Pre-eclampsia if left untreated, could lead to complications for mother and baby, and is sometimes fatal. Pre-eclampsia can develop to eclampsia. Women are at a greater risk for strokes and cardiovascular disease in the future, if they had pre-eclampsia during pregnancy.

By: Marsha Quinn

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