Pregnancy and stroke

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By Rima M Dafer MD

Stroke is an uncommon but devastating complication of pregnancy and puerperium and a serious cause of morbidity and mortality among women of childbearing age. In this review, we discuss the etiologies of pregnancy-specific ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, diagnostic approaches, and therapeutic challenges. The discussion has been updated by and updated by Dr. Rima Dafer of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. The most important additions to this update are new recommendations for evaluation, including MRI and CT scanning during pregnancy, as well as management of pregnancy in women with heart valve replacements.