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Pregnant Women with Stroke are in Great Danger, study

DohaDr. Matthew Fink, Professor of Clinical Neurology and Interim Chairman and Neurologist-in-Chief of the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at in New York, announced that women may be in danger if they delay until a later age. He said so at the monthly community health seminar, Medicine & U moderated by Professor Basim M. Uthman at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha “The increasing prevalence of , cardiac disease, and diabetes also adds to the risk of for mothers”. According to latest researches, diabetes, obesity and hypertension are highly spreading among women in Qatar and the Middle East. Cardiovascular diseases will be a major health problem due to this high prevalence of obesity and hypertension.

In USA over the past 15 years; pregnancy-associated stroke has increased as mentioned in a recent national study which showed that women with stroke during pregnancy, or soon after giving birth reached 54% in the past 12 years. Also higher volume of blood in the body, high blood pressure, blood clots and migraine headaches may lead to stroke. Dr. Fink said “Stroke prevention should focus on risk factor reduction, particularly hypertension, and older women should seek excellent prenatal care. Practical lifestyle changes including weight reduction, regular exercise, a healthy diet and less salt in the diet can help to lower high blood pressure. In vitro fertilization also raises a host of new questions and potential problems that require study, especially in older women”

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