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March 12, 2014

New Guidelines Focus on Preventing Stroke in Women

JAMA. 2014;311(10):1003-1004. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1775

For the first time, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) has issued guidelines for the prevention of stroke specifically for women. The guidelines are intended for use by primary care physicians and obstetricians/gynecologists (ob/gyns). But ob/gyns are taking issue with some of the recommendations regarding pregnant women with hypertension, preeclampsia, or both.

Much of the information in the new guidelines has appeared in earlier general cardiovascular guidelines that addressed stroke prevention for both men and women. But because stroke occurs more often in women than in men and is their third leading cause of death (the fifth leading cause in men), the AHA/ASA decided to highlight prevention strategies specifically for women, said Cheryl Bushnell, MD, the document’s lead author.

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