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Reduce Stroke Risk for Women with Preeclampsia History

Taking aspirin may help protect some women who have an increased risk of cardiovascular events due to preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a condition that can affect pregnant women, causing high blood pressure that increases the risk of major cardiac events, seizures or even death.
Now experts think they may have another tool in stopping the dangerous complications related to this condition: aspirin.
Preeclampsia can increase the risk of a variety of health conditions. In the short term, it can lead to a potentially life-threatening condition known as eclampsia, where high blood pressure results in seizures. It can also restrict the growth of a fetus and raise the risk of preterm delivery.
Even after having a baby, women who’ve had preeclampsia are more likely to have cardiovascular issues, including serious events like heart attack or stroke later in life.
Now, new research published this month in the journal Neurology suggests women with a history of preeclampsia might lower their stroke risk by taking regular doses of aspirin.
The authors of the study found tha women under the age of 60 with a history of preeclampsia were less likely to have a stroke if they were regular aspirin users.
A woman was considered a regular aspirin user if she reported taking aspirin at least three times a week, for at least one year following childbirth.