Aug 9, 2019
Women suffering preeclampsia during their pregnancies have a 30% higher risk of later stroke. Columbia University neurologists studied 84,000 California teachers and found that low dose aspirin at least 3 times weekly virtually erases the greater risk of stroke for women before they reach the age of 60. Once past 60, aspirin’s protective effect vanishes.
Preeclampsia complicating pregnancy is rising in the US, and one in every 20 pregnancies is now affected. An increasing incidence of obesity and associated high blood pressure in women seem to be responsible.
If you experienced preeclampsia during your pregnancy and are currently less than a young 60, do ask your doctor about beginning a course of low dose aspirin.
Steven K. Feske, Cheryl Bushnell. Stroke prevention. Neurology, 2019; 92 (4): 159 DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000006802
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