Women who undergo fertility treatments face a higher risk of stroke within 30 days after delivery, according to a new retrospective study conducted by researchers at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, The study results, hared by Medical News Today, examined over 31 million pregnant women between the ages of 15 and 54. The results also showed that pregnant women who had undergone fertility treatments were 66% more likely to be hospitalized for stroke within 12 months of delivery.
The risk of hemorrhagic stroke was over twice as high for those who had undergone fertility treatments, while the risk of ischemic stroke was 55% higher. It is important to note that stroke-related hospitalizations after pregnancy are still relatively rare, occurring at a rate of 37 hospitalizations per 100,000 for those who received fertility treatments and 29 hospitalizations per 100,000 for those who did not. However, given that almost 6% of all pregnancy-related deaths in the United States are a result of stroke, these findings are significant and warrant attention.
The exact reason for the increased risk of stroke in women who undergo fertility treatments is not yet clear. However, some experts suggest that the higher levels of hormones involved in fertility treatments may contribute to the increased risk. It is important for women who have undergone fertility treatments to discuss their risk of stroke with their healthcare providers and to monitor any symptoms closely.
Symptoms of stroke can include sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, difficulty speaking or understanding speech, sudden blurred or loss of vision, and severe headache. Early recognition and treatment of stroke can significantly improve outcomes. Further research is needed to fully understand the link between fertility treatments and stroke risk, but in the meantime, it is important for healthcare providers and patients to be aware of this potential complication.
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