First set of stroke guidelines released for women

By WEEK Producer

February 6, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 8:49 PM CDT

For the first time there is a set of "stroke prevention guidelines" just for women.

Dr. Cheryl Bushnell authored the guidelines. She said high blood pressure is a key risk factor for everyone.

Some risk factors are specific to women including high blood pressure during pregnancy, gestational diabetes, birth control pills and migraine headaches with an aura, or visual disturbance.

"For women with migraines with aura, don't smoke, because the combination is likely to increase the risk,” said Dr. Bushnell.

Another risk factor is being a Type II Diabetic. Doctors said making changes early in life is important.

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