Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Stroke Guidelines for Women

The American Heart Association has published new stroke prevention guidelines for women. The include getting your blood pressure checked before taking birth control pills, consider taking BP meds for slight elevations when pregnant, and getting screened for atrial fibrillation if you are at least 75 years of age. Lifestyle suggestions are eat well, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, and don’t eat too much salt or drink too much alcohol. All of these make good sense. I would add getting screened for carotid plaque with a CardioRisk test and taking chelation if plaque is developing, especially if the family history is positive for heart attacks or strokes, and using bio-identical hormones instead of synthetic hormones if needed for menopause symptoms. Next CardioRisk screening will be in Bluffton COHA office on March 11th, you do not have to be a COHA patient. See American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Guidelines for Stroke Prevention in Women. Celebration of Health Association website

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