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Obese Women on Birth Control Pills May Face Higher Risk of Rare Stroke

Posted 14 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 14, 2016 – Obese women who take oral contraceptives may have a higher risk for a rare type of stroke, a new study suggests. Dutch researchers found that obese women on birth control pills were nearly 30 times more likely to develop this rare type of stroke, known as cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT), compared with women of normal weight who didn't take birth control pills. But the chances of having this type of stroke in one's lifetime remain very low, the researchers added. And the study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. CVT affects just over one person per 100,000 each year, said study author Dr. Jonathan Coutinho. He's a stroke neurologist at the Academic Medical Center at University of Amsterdam. In the United States, that's about 4,200 new patients annually, he said. Coutinho added that CVT tends to occur mostly in children and young to ... Read more

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