Infertility and pregnancy loss are associated with an increased risk of non-fatal and fatal stroke in later life, found an analysis of observational studies. Early monitoring of women who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth, along with healthy lifestyle changes, could lower the risk of stroke, the researchers suggest.
Globally, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in women. In 2019, around 3 million women died from stroke. What’s more, women lost a total of 10 million years of healthy life due to disability following a stroke- 44 per cent more years than men did. Known stroke risks such as obesity, high blood pressure hypertension, and diabetes do not fully explain women’s higher risk of stroke.