Pregnancy and Stroke Risk in Women

Jessica Tate; Cheryl Bushnell


Women's Health. 2011;7(3):363-374. 

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Although the reported incidence is variable, stroke is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in pregnancy and the postpartum period, and presents special challenges in diagnosis and management. Future studies are required to develop guidelines for appropriate preventative and acute treatment of ischemic stroke in pregnancy, since there is little data available regarding the safety and efficacy of commonly used drugs, such as aspirin, aspirin/extended-release dipyridamole, clopidogrel and rtPA. Management of ischemic stroke or hemorrhage during pregnancy may require interdisciplinary care from neurosurgery, neurocritical care and obstetrics.


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