The Girl's Guide to Preventing Stroke

By Christian Millman

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Know All the Risks of the Pill

Even low-dose hormonal birth control pills carry some risk for stroke, especially when coupled with another risk factor. "Smoking on the pill is dangerous at any age," says Dr. Bushnell. Obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes also raise the odds for stroke when you're on the pill. Talk to your doctor about the best contraception for you.

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