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A stroke occurs “when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted because a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts open,” according to the
While strokes are more common in men, women have an increased risk during and shortly after a pregnancy. Other risk factors for strokes include high blood pressure, a family history of stroke, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and increasing age. Since a stroke can result in death or neurological damage, high risk persons should look for preventative measures. The NIH notes that aspirin therapy can be used by women ages 65 and younger, where they take 81 mg a day or 100 mg every two days. Women interested in an aspirin therapy should consult their doctors beforehand. Other lifestyle changes that can help prevent a stroke include avoiding fatty foods and exercising regularly.