Health risk

Women who delay motherhood until 40s at higher risk of cancer or heart attack

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More bad news for women delaying motherhood… Just as we absorb news from the U.K. that womb cancer diagnoses are on the rise among women who delay having children, new research by the American Stroke Association shows women who delay becoming mothers until they are 40 or older face a higher risk of a stroke or heart attack later in life than younger mothers.

The researchers looked at data for more than 72,000 women and found that those women who became pregnant after 40, saw the risk of an ischemic stroke increased from 2.4 percent to 3.8 percent and the risk of a heart attack from 2.5 percent to 3 percent. Moreover, they  faced a 3.9 percent risk of cardiovascular death, compared to only 2.3 percent of women who became pregnant at a younger age.

“We already knew that older women were more likely than younger women to experience health problems during their pregnancy,” said  the lead author of the study, Prof Adnan Qureshi. “Now, we know that the consequences of that later pregnancy stretch years into the future. Women with a late pregnancy need to be aware of their increased risk and take steps to improve their cardiovascular health.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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