AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 3, 2017

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Stroke Risk Factors for Pregnant Women With Preeclampsia Uncovered

Infections, hypertension, bleeding disorders and clot-forming conditions increase stroke risk during and after childbirth

Women with preeclampsia, a common complication of pregnancy, face a heightened risk of stroke during pregnancy and postpartum if they have urinary tract infections, chronic high blood pressure or clotting or bleeding disorders, according to a study by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers. “We have suspected that certain conditions raise the risk of stroke in women with preeclampsia, but few studies have taken a rigorous look at this issue,” said lead author Eliza C. Miller, MD, a postdoctoral vascular neurology fellow in the department of neurology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. “Since strokes can be so devastating, it is critical to know whether these are just random events or due to modifiable risk factors.”

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