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Pregnancy and stroke risk in women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21612356     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Stroke, the sudden onset of brain dysfunction from a vascular cause, is one of the most common causes of long-term disability. Although rare during childbearing years, stroke is even more devastating when it occurs in a young woman trying to start a family. Pregnancy and the postpartum period are associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage, although the incidence estimates have varied. There are several causes of stroke that are in fact unique to pregnancy and the postpartum period, such as preeclampsia and eclampsia, amniotic fluid embolus, postpartum angiopathy and postpartum cardiomyopathy. Data regarding these individual entities are scant. Most concerning is the lack of data regarding both prevention and acute management of pregnancy-related stroke. The purpose of this article is to summarize existing data regarding incidence, risk factors and potential etiologies, as well as treatment strategies for stroke in pregnancy.
Jessica Tate; Cheryl Bushnell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women's health (London, England)     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1745-5065     ISO Abbreviation:  Womens Health (Lond Engl)     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-26     Completed Date:  2011-11-15     Revised Date:  2013-06-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101271249     Medline TA:  Womens Health (Lond Engl)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  363-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Stroke Center, Women's Health Center of Excellence, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston Salem, NC 27157, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aspirin / therapeutic use
Brain Ischemia / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  etiology*,  prevention & control,  therapy
Fibrinolytic Agents / therapeutic use
Hypertension, Pregnancy-Induced
Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors / therapeutic use
Postpartum Period
Risk Factors
Stroke / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  etiology*,  prevention & control,  therapy
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fibrinolytic Agents; 0/Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors; 50-78-2/Aspirin

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