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Ischemic Stroke Management in Pregnancy 

Ischemic Stroke Management in Pregnancy
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Ischemic Stroke Management in Pregnancy
Author(s):

Jodi Dodds

, Aaron I. Loochtan

, and Cheryl D. Bushnell

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190667351.003.0014
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date: 05 August 2020

Ischemic stroke during pregnancy is relatively rare, but when it occurs, the risk is highest in the postpartum period. This is a condition that requires immediate recognition and evaluation for acute management to potentially prevent devastating neurological consequences. Determining an etiology while considering physiological changes during and after pregnancy is also important. Post-stroke care including implementing secondary stroke prevention via pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods is regular practice. Consideration of physical, occupational, and speech therapy strategies as well as lifestyle modification and evaluation and treatment of co-morbid psychiatric conditions is also paramount. Postpartum care and consideration of future pregnancies and hormonal changes that may occur is also important.

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