Migraines during pregnancy increase heart attack and stroke risk

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Migraine headaches have previously been shown to be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke in women, especially migraines with an aura or visual changes.  A study published in the British Medical Journal (March 2009) found that migraines during pregnancy can be lethal.  Over 33,000 pregnant women diagnosed with migraines were studied.  Women over 35 years of age were more likely to experience migraines during pregnancy.  Women who had migraines during pregnancy were 15 times more likely to have a stroke and twice as likely to develop heart disease.  All women need to know their risk factors in order to prevent a heart attack and stroke.

“Take Charge: A Woman’s Guide to a Healthier Heart” discusses risk factors for heart disease and stroke in women and provides tips on how to decrease your risk and live a healthier life. This book is available at www.heart-strong.com for only $10

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