Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pregnant Migraineurs at Increased Risk for Stroke


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Although the overall risk is still low, pregnant women who experience migraines are at an increased risk of stroke compared to other women according to research published in the online edition of the British Medical Journal.

Researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., studied the records of more than 18 million women who were pregnant between 2000 and 2003. Women who had experienced migraines were 15 times more likely to have a stroke before or during pregnancy.

What's more, the statistic held true even when researchers excluded women who had a condition known as
preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure and other vascular complications during pregnancy.

Pregnant women who experienced migraines were eight times more likely to have high blood pressure and slightly more likely to experience heart attack and diabetes.

The study's lead researcher said she believes pregnant women who experience migraines should be carefully examined for other stroke risk factors.

Sources:
Migraines 'Raise Pregnancy Risk'
Migraines During Pregnancy May Be Linked to Stroke

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