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Unique Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Stroke in Women


2. Taking the Pill

ScienceDaily.com notes that birth control pills pose a “small but significant stroke risk.” The source refers to a comprehensive report that notes the risk is small for women with no other stroke risks, but in some cases use of birth control pills should be discouraged for those with high blood pressure or who smoke.

It continues by saying birth control pills increase the risk of ischemic strokes from blood clots, which are responsible for about 85-per cent of all strokes. The amount of synthetic estrogen contained in contraceptives has dropped dramatically since the first versions of the pill, it adds.

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