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Maternal health and women’s risk for stroke | 3W Magazine
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Let’s delve into a critical aspect of women’s well-being: maternal health and the often overlooked connection to stroke risk.

The Silent Threat: Stroke in Women
Did you know that stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for women? One in five women, aged 55 to 75, will experience a stroke during their lifetime. But here’s the silver lining: most strokes are preventable. Armed with knowledge, women can take proactive steps to safeguard their health.

Disparities Among Black Women
Black women face unique challenges. They bear the highest burden of high blood pressure and stroke prevalence. The reasons behind these disparities remain elusive, but evidence suggests that exposure to stroke risk factors begins early in life. Childhood experiences may shape health outcomes, underscoring the need for targeted interventions.

The Age Factor
Picture this: Black women in their 50s may be three times more likely to suffer a stroke compared to their white counterparts. This startling statistic highlights the urgency of understanding the root causes and addressing them effectively.

Pregnancy and Stroke Risk
Pregnancy is a transformative journey, but it also brings health implications. Conditions like high blood pressure during pregnancy, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and blood clots elevate a woman’s stroke risk during and after pregnancy. These seemingly unrelated events can have lasting consequences.

Empowering Women
Let’s empower women with knowledge. Regular health check-ups, lifestyle modifications and awareness campaigns can significantly reduce stroke risk. Remember, prevention is our strongest weapon.
By understanding stroke risk factors and promoting maternal health, we can ensure that every woman’s journey is filled with strength, hope and well-being.

Learn more at https://www.heart.org/.