AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018


Pregnancy Increases Stroke Risk in Young Women, But Not in Older Women

Pregnancy was not found to raise the risk of stroke in older women, according to a study from Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian. In younger women, however, the risk of stroke was significantly higher for those who were pregnant. Pregnancy-associated stroke occurs in an estimated 34 our of 100,000 women. Previous studies suggest that the risk of pregnancy-associated stroke is higher in older women than in younger women. “The incidence of pregnancy-associated strokes is rising, and that could be explained by the fact that more women are delaying childbearing until they are older, when the overall risk of stroke is higher,” said Joshua Z. Willey, MD, assistant professor of neurology at CUMC, assistant attending neurologist on the stroke service at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia, and a senior author on the paper. “However, very few studies have compared the incidence of stroke in pregnant and non-pregnant women who are the same age.” Click here to read more.

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