What are the AHA/ASA guidelines on stroke prevention in women taking oral contraceptives?

Updated: Jan 10, 2016
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The AHA/ASA guidelines note that oral contraceptives (OCs) may be harmful in women with additional risk factors (eg, cigarette smoking, prior thromboembolic events) and in women using OCs, aggressive intervention for stroke risk factors may be reasonable. Measurement of blood pressure before initiation of hormonal contraception is recommended.

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