Stroke risk factors for women

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1056589 tn?1273750702 There definatly seems to be a connection especially with autoimmune disease. For instance family history of Thyriod disease increases the risk of MS..etc.... Mom- Dystolic dysfuntion (heart disease), Porphyria on her side of family.
469720 tn?1388149949 Use of birth control pills and pregnancy pose special stroke risks for women. Prior stroke, TIA or heart attack - The risk of stroke for someone who has already had one is many times that of a person who has not. Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are "warning strokes" that produce stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. TIAs are strong predictors of stroke.
Avatar n tn No MI, no full stroke, no angina......is this still considered a family risk factor for me?
Avatar n tn I am a 125 lb. female, 5’5”, 57 years of age, normal blood pressure, non-smoking, no other risk factors, not taking any other medications. Total cholesterol is 238; LDL 168; HDL 54; triglycerides 80. Am I a borderline case? Your comments would be appreciated.
Avatar m tn There are risk factors that one cannot avoid such as a family history of stroke, prior stroke, aging, etc. Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions, I hope you find the information I have provided useful, good luck.
Avatar n tn Some risk factors for stroke apply only to women, including pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. These risk factors are tied to hormonal fluctuations, changes in blood volume, tendency to form blood clots, and other physical changes that affect a woman in different stages of life." Go through this link for some more info http://www.healthywomen.org/healthtopics/stroke You need to be closely observed as you are nearing due date. Take care and share your thoughts.
Avatar n tn I have been taking tamoxifen for the last year and am aware that I am at an increased risk for having a stroke caused by blood clots. I wasn't too concerned about this side effect until my migraines became much more frequent, four in the last year, and three in the last four months. Also worrisome is that the aura has started when I have been in the middle of a run, which I do daily, and this is new.
214864 tn?1229718839 After the researchers adjusted for other cardiovascular risk factors, having one or more panic attacks was associated with four times the risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack), three times the risk of having a heart attack or stroke and nearly twice the risk of death from any cause. These associations remained after controlling for depression, suggesting that panic attacks may be a separate, independent risk factor for cardiovascular events.
Avatar f tn About 20 percent of the men and 12 percent of the women in the study had metabolic syndrome (diagnosed when three of the five risk factors were present). The men were as likely as the women to become depressed with marital strain, but the link between negativity, depression and metabolic syndrome only applied to women, she said. The depression in women accounted for the metabolic syndrome, she said.
Avatar n tn Hello. A recent study has found out that women with high estrogen levels are more prone for stroke. Estradiol is the hormone in question. Birth control pills are rich in estrogen and or progesterone. The estradiol levels in pregnancy contribute to increased red cell mass and 'thick" blood. These factors increase the risk for stroke. Wish I could add more.
469720 tn?1388149949 Use of birth control pills and pregnancy pose special stroke risks for women. Prior stroke, TIA or heart attack - The risk of stroke for someone who has already had one is many times that of a person who has not. Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are "warning strokes" that produce stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. TIAs are strong predictors of stroke.
Avatar n tn Clotting disorders can be a primary cause for stroke related problems in young women. I have never heard anyone speak of stroke caused by migraine per se..From what I have read and my own problems I would agree with tactical that Basiliar Artery Migraine is possible as they present like TIA and stroke at times. But I would be sure that they check out Clotting disorder and Antiphospholipid Antibody.
Avatar n tn I do not have high blood pressure, chlosterol, or any of the typical risk factors. I have had severe migraines since I was 5. I had a dull headache (not a migraine)at the time of the stroke. I have had genetial herpes for the last 15 years. My question is: could the herpes have been related to the stroke? I know there is some new research that chronic infections can lead to stroke. Any thoughts you have on what caused the stroke would be appreciated.
Avatar n tn You know, migraines do up the risk of stroke a bit, especially in young women taking birth control pills --- it may be,unfortunately, just several circumstances (including the PFO, perhaps) that all came together to produce the stroke. Hopefully, it will never happen again! Good luck.
469720 tn?1388149949 Treatment with lifestyle modification and medication may slow the natural advancement of the disease. Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke and Death The ABI, a comparative blood pressure reading in the arm and ankle, is used to screen for peripheral arterial disease. It is a direct measure of fatty plaque buildup in leg arteries and an indirect gauge of plaque accumulations throughout the entire cardiovascular system.
535822 tn?1443980380 It was also found that women who quit before 40 dropped their risk of premature death by 90 percent, and women who quit before 30 dropped their risk by 97 percent. Even women who quit at about 50 years old avoid at least two-thirds of ongoing smokers' excess mortality. Peto says that the bottom line is that quitting smoking before middle age will add an average of 10 years of life back. Cigarette smoking accounts for about 443,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
Avatar n tn As you've probably read on this site, Pregnancy IS a risk factor for Stroke! Thus, as survivors we must consider ourselves high risk pregnancies, and our best bet for honest answers to these questions would be to seek them from a specialist, ie, High Risk Obstetrician. I have also found that my PCP and regular OB/Gyn dodge this subject with vague answers that don't say yes or no with any particular explanation.
Avatar n tn is a sad excuse for performing a high risk procedure when there are safer options out there. The medical profession is full of Oops! then it's published in medical journals every month warning doc's to "change their procedure/protocol". For instance, my Doc wanted to increase my statin drug to maximum dosage. My instincts told me not to do it. I still took the prescription but failed to fill it.
Avatar n tn Unfortunately docotrs and therapists do not know nothing they do not even have a progressive treatment for stroke in US hospitals. Just for curiosity go to www.lef.org and read about stroke treatment and you will understand what am I talking about. Sorry that I do not sound to positive but I went through too many stages of her strokes and spoke with too many doctors to ubderstand that I know more then some of them. Funny, ah?
Avatar n tn Dear Beverly: Sorry that you have had such trouble with your migraines. The question is whether you have right to left blood flow through the patent ovale during normal activity. Usually, the left sided pressure of the heart prevents such flow and therefore any chance of emboli transfersing to the left side of the heart (emboli cannot travel against a gradient) and theoretically produce a stroke.
Avatar f tn Dear", Some risk factors for stroke apply only to women, including pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. These risk factors are tied to hormonal fluctuations, changes in blood volume, tendency to form blood clots, and other physical changes that affect a woman in different stages of life." Go through this link for some more info http://www.healthywomen.org/healthtopics/stroke You need to be closely observed . Follow up your neurologist regularly. Take care .
Avatar m tn Which makes mastectomy look like the preferred option, except I also have multiple autoimmune diseases, putting me at risk for reacting badly to silicone implants. Is there anyone out there who's faced this same decision? What did you choose and how did things turn out for you?
Avatar n tn My decision was based on the fact that there appears to be mounting evidence of a cause and effect relationship between the two and, in the absence of any other overwhelming stroke risk factors, the surgery seemed the way to go. Believe me, I know it is a frightening situation and serious decision no matter what.
469720 tn?1388149949 Abdominal fat is considered an important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke. Abdominal fat is also a risk factor for diabetes because it leads to a reduction in the body’s response to insulin which results in larger amounts of insulin needing to be secreted by the pancreas to control blood sugar levels. This eventually leads to insulin resistance and the onset of type-2 diabetes.
1344197 tn?1392822771 A study looking at 15 randomized trials finds the use of calcium supplements without coadministered vitamin D is associated with an increased risk of heart attack. Most guidelines for the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis recommend the use of calcium supplements, despite the fact that they reduce the risk of fracture only marginally, write Dr Mark J Bolland (University of Auckland, New Zealand) and colleagues.
Avatar m tn ” Causes of Heart Disease The Archives of Internal Medicine has just published the results if its “EPIC” study. Researchers took 23,000 people and studied their risk factors for heart disease. They found that changes in diet reduced heart attack risk by 81 percent. How could such simple changes deliver such amazing results? By lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation. This comes as no surprise to NHD panel member Dr. Dwight Lundell.
Avatar m tn However, endurance training is also beneficial for bone density, for muscle mass, for oxidative stress. And these benefits are known to be greater if training was started early in life," he added. While physical activity can't stop age-related declines in heart structure and function, it can slow them down, Matelot noted. He said "it's never too late to change your way of life and get more physically active. This will always be beneficial for the heart and well-being.
Avatar n tn The women were similar in terms of baseline risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer, although the women who had their ovaries removed were slightly older and slightly more likely to be using or have used hormone therapy. Statistical analysis showed that during the 25 years of follow-up, women who had removal of normal ovaries had a higher all-cause mortality rate, mainly from coronary heart disease and lung cancer.
469720 tn?1388149949 Smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes may lead to dementia August 20, 2009 | Allison Gandey Adapted from Medscape Medical News—a professional news service of WebMD London, UK - Middle-aged people who smoke or have high blood pressure or diabetes are more likely to develop dementia later in life, according to a new study [1].
Avatar f tn My grandfather and uncle died of stroke, my mother and another uncle have had blood clots. With everything that is coming out about women, heart disease, PAD, etc... and the symptoms I am having should I simply exercise more and not be concerned?