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Stroke and Pregnancy: An Integrative Review With Implications for Neuroscience Nurses

Beal, Claudia C.; Faucher, Mary Ann

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: April 2015 - Volume 47 - Issue 2 - p 76–84
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000119
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ABSTRACT Stroke in association with pregnancy is an infrequent occurrence, but there is evidence that the incidence is rising. The physiological changes of pregnancy are thought to increase stroke risk, and several conditions specific to pregnancy further increase risk. The provision of optimal care to pregnant and postpartum women who experience stroke requires awareness of how the physiological changes of pregnancy may affect the course of stroke and nursing actions. This article provides an overview of current knowledge about pregnancy-related stroke including underlying pathophysiology, risk factors unique to pregnancy, and treatment issues when stroke is a complication of pregnancy. Implications for the nursing care of women with pregnancy-related stroke and maternal child considerations are discussed.

Mary Ann Faucher, PhD CNM FACNM, is an Associate Professor, Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Baylor University, Dallas, TX.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Claudia C. Beal, PhD RN, at claudia_beal@baylor.edu. She is an Assistant Professor, Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Baylor University, Dallas, TX.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2015 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses