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Friday, May 24, 2013
Am I at high risk for stroke?
Hi I have a question and I am really hoping to get a response from you. I am 29 years old and in my 3rd pregnancy. I have a subchorionic hemmorhage and I had toxima or pregnancy induced hypertension with my first. Both my grandparents on my mother`s side essentialy died from strokes. Plus heart disease and high blood pressure run in my famiily am I at a high risk for stroke?
I cannot predict your risk for stroke from the information provided. To give you substantive information, one needs a full medical history and physical examination.
I can provide the following information. High blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for stroke. A family history of Heart disease and stroke both increase your risk of stroke.
If you would like to quantify your risk for stroke, you can go to the following website: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/framingham/
There is a link on this site to use a stroke prediction program which can give you personalized information about your own stroke risk.
I hope this helps.
Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati