Aspirin May Reduce Stroke Risk for Women with Preeclampsia History

Taking aspirin may help protect some women who have an increased risk of cardiovascular events due to preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a condition that can affect pregnant women, causing high blood pressure that increases the risk of major cardiac events, seizures or even death.
Now experts think they may have another tool in stopping the dangerous complications related to this condition: aspirin.
Preeclampsia can increase the risk of a variety of health conditions. In the short term, it can lead to a potentially life-threatening condition known as eclampsia, where high blood pressure results in seizures. It can also restrict the growth of a fetus and raise the risk of preterm delivery.
Even after having a baby, women who’ve had preeclampsia are more likely to have cardiovascular issues, including serious events like heart attack or stroke later in life.
Now, new research published this month in the journal Neurology suggests women with a history of preeclampsia might lower their stroke risk by taking regular doses of aspirin.
The authors of the study found tha women under the age of 60 with a history of preeclampsia were less likely to have a stroke if they were regular aspirin users.
A woman was considered a regular aspirin user if she reported taking aspirin at least three times a week, for at least one year following childbirth.
Aspirin may have protective benefits
The authors of this study assessed data collected from 84,000 women enrolled in the California Teachers Study. Approximately 4,000 of those women had a history of preeclampsia.
Among women under the age of 60, those with a history of preeclampsia who were regular aspirin users had the same risk of stroke as women who never had preeclampsia.
In comparison, the risk of stroke was 50 percent higher for women with a history of preeclampsia who weren’t regular aspirin users.
This study adds to a growing body of research on the potential benefits of aspirin for reducing the risk of preeclampsia and related health conditions.
Past studies have found that taking low doses of aspirin can help lower the risk of preeclampsia in pregnant women who are high risk of developing it.
“It’s been introduced that in certain high-risk pregnancies, women need to take low-dose aspirin [to help prevent preeclampsia],” Dr. Mary Rosser, director of Integrated Women’s Health at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, told Healthline.