American Heart Month: Women’s unique heart health risks

(ABC News) — Some of the risk factors for stroke: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking; but there are some other factors unique to women.

Did you start your period before age 10 or after age 17? Go into menopause before age 45? Or have both ovaries removed? Then researchers say you may have a slightly higher risk of stroke.

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Other factors on the list:

  • Migraines with aura – problems with motor senses or vision.
  • Some pregnancy related issues that bring on high blood pressure, diabetes and preterm birth.

And there’s one method of birth control that increases your chances of stroke as well. The pill, since added estrogen and progesterone have also been shown to put you at risk.

All the more reason to change the risk factors you can control.

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