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Stroke During Pregnancy

By November 30, 2008

Although suffering a stroke during pregnancy is a rare event, there are several well-known reasons why pregnancy places women at risk. Three important reasons are increased blood pressure after the development of preeclampsia and eclampsia, increased tendency to form blood clots, and increased frequency and severity of migraine headaches.

High blood pressure can cause hemorrhagic strokes and permanent or reversible brain injury through a condition called the reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Blood clots can cause stroke through a condition called dural sinus thrombosis, while migraine can cause stroke through a condition known as migrainous infarction.

A few things which may help avoid stroke during pregnancy include staying active, avoiding stress, and working closely with your doctor in the event that you develop eclampsia or preeclampsia.

Suggested Reading:
What is a Stroke?
How are Strokes Treated?
Six Ways to Stay Stroke-Free

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