Fetal and Maternal Medicine Review

Research Article

CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASE AND PREGNANCY

MAYA KATZa1 c1, JENNIFER LESKOa2, KATHRYN F KIRCHOFF-TORRESa1, VICTOR ZACHa1 and STEVEN R LEVINEa1

a1 The Mount Sinai Stroke Center, Department of Neurology, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Medical Center, New York, NY 10029-6574.

a2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern Prentice Women's Hospital, Chicago, IL, 60611.

Approximately 12%–27% of cerebrovascular disease in women of childbearing age is associated with pregnancy. The reported incidence of stroke in pregnancy ranges from 0.01%–0.05%. While these events are uncommon, they are often clinically devastating. The Center for Disease Control's (CDC) review of death certificates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia found that neurologic or neurovascular problems are one of the leading causes of mortality in pregnancy.

Correspondence:

c1 Maya Katz, MD, Department of Neurology, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1137, New York, NY 10029-6574, United States of America. Email address: Maya.Katz@MSSM.edu