Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Stroke risk for postmenopausal women

The increased risk of stroke for those women of the Women's Health Initiative Study on hormone therapy vs. those on none was 55%. But here's stroke news from the WHI that never made headline news:

Those women among over 60,000 studied over 7 years who had pre-hypertension were nearly twice as likely to experience a stroke compared with their colleagues who had ideal blood pressure less than 120/80. Pre-hypertension is also known as 'high normal' or 'borderline high' or 'sort'a okay' blood pressure from 120 to 139 systolic and 80-90 diastolic.

No more 'not bad/not good' dismissive comments from me on these pre-hypertensive readings. I'm not okay with these 'not-okay' BPs from now on.

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