Stroke risk more than doubles for pregnant women

According to , a medical journal article by Loyola University Health System has found that pregnant women as opposed to non-pregnant women, are 24 times more likely to have a stroke High blood pressure is said to be the main factor for this and, eclampsia, also called HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count), , anything over 140/90, in pregnant women HELLP, although rare, causes several ailments, from liver problems, to seizures, and, if left untreated, can be fatal The precursor to eclampsia is pre-eclampsia, and these symptoms include headaches, blindness, and blurred vision Experts have recommended asprin at 12-14 weeks of pregnancy to decrease the risk of pre-eclampsia Researchers of the report stated that early detection, sometimes before pregnancy, is the key to survival of mom and baby Also, if a woman has pre-eclampsia during pregnacy, in addition to the risk of stroke, the risk of cardiovascular disease goes up