New Stroke Risk Factors For Women

Life-Saving News For Valentine’s Day

Last Friday I observed Go Red For Women Day by wearing red to promote awareness of the risks of heart disease and stroke in women. (You can learn more about Go Red For Women in my Blog Your Heart Out post.) Whether by coincidence or good planning, the Washington Post had this headline on the same day:

New Stroke Risk Factors For Women

According to the Washington Post article, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have issued new guidelines aimed at preventing strokes in women that focus on blood pressure and other risk factors unique to women, such as hormonal birth control drugs, hormone replacement therapy, and gestational diabetes.

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DS-7723 Risk Factors For Stroke In Women Infographic

The guidelines also identify migraine headaches with aura as a risk factor for stroke, and suggest that people who experience such migraines (which are more prevalent in women) quit smoking.

New Stroke Risk Factors For Women

This news is pretty scary to me, because it drives home how many risk factors I have.

I have had a Deep Vein Thrombosis, and my main risk factor then (other than the long flight to Australia that triggered it) was my use of birth control pills. I had to stop taking those right away, and have been advised to never use them or take hormone replacement therapy.

While I never was diagnosed with full-blown preeclampsia, I remember my obstetrician being concerned that I was developing preeclampsia towards the end of my first pregnancy. My legs were ridiculously swollen, my blood pressure was rising, and I was put on bed rest.

I used to suffer from “normal” migraines in college, but when my kids were younger, I started experiencing migraines with aura, or just aural migraines (vision distortions with no headache). Luckily those have been few and far between lately, but they are another box I have to check in my risk factor column.

After my DVT, my doctor suggested that I take a daily low-dose aspirin “just in case.” I did that for a while, but got out of the habit. Based on this information from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, I think I should go back to it, to make sure that I am doing everything I can to reduce my risk for stroke.

Did you hear about these new stroke risk factors for women?

Do you take steps to reduce your risks for heart disease and stroke?

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17 Responses to New Stroke Risk Factors For Women

  1. Linz says:

    thanks for sharing! awareness and prevention are so important!
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  2. Wow! I didn’t know about all of those risk factors. Great information. recently posted…Weird snacksMy Profile

  3. Knowing the risk factors is so important for prevention! Thank you!
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  4. thanks for sharing awareness! Showing love #SITS
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  5. Dana says:

    Thanks for the gentle reminder. 🙂 Sometimes I find myself taking care of everyone else and forgetting to do the simple things to take better care of me.
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  6. Great post!!!! Women are often forgotten in regards to these two areas. #SITSBlogging love 😉
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  7. These are really important… vein issues run in my family. I had a small clot in my first pregnancy that dissolved itself but I’m watching for it again this time around and is always on my radar!
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  8. As a young woman who lost a grandmother to a stroke and who’s mother also suffered stroke, I can’t thank you enough for sharing this information with your readers. I don’t pay as close of attention to it as I need to. Great reminder. Commenting via #SITS comment love.
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  9. Great info! Educating yourself is key to prevention. I was happy to see that I don’t have any of the risk factors.
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  10. Christina says:

    As someone who has a history of heart disease on both sides of my family, I am always trying to find ways to lower my risk of developing it myself. It is good to know that more and more women are becoming aware that stuff like this is not just for men. So far I have been lucky and have had no issues but I still have my doctor extra tests every year because I would rather be safe then sorry. 🙂
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  11. Marie says:

    This is great information. Strokes are common in the women on my mom’s side. My grandma had several.
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  12. Cyn says:

    This is such important information. I was on low dose aspirin too and then got out of the habit. This has inspired me to start again.
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  13. Thank you for sharing this bit of information with us. I fall into many of these risk factors myself. I didn’t even know that there was different types of migraines. Visiting from #SITSblogging.
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