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Miscarriage and infertility linked to stroke risk
Women should inform their doctors especially if they have lost more than one baby

Women who have experienced a miscarriage and stillbirth have a higher risk of stroke later in life , according to a study at the

University of Queensland .
The research , which involved more than 610,000 women from multiple countries including Australia , China , Japan , �etherlands , Sweden , the UK and the US , saw that the risk went up with several pregnancy losses . Women who had just one miscarriage saw their stroke risk increase by seven percent compared to those who didn ’ t lose a baby . The percentage further increased with more miscarriages , with three events leading to an 82 percent increased risk for fatal stroke . A similar trend was observed in stillbirths .
�This is the first study big enough to demonstrate a robust link between stroke and recurrent miscarriage and very rare events like recurrent stillbirths ,” said senior author Professor Gita Mishra from the �niversity of �ueensland School of �ublic Health in a press release , adding that many women are unaware of the risk but should inform their doctors about multiple miscarriage and stillbirth events .
Despite the risks , there ’ s still a lot that women can do to prevent a stroke . The �S C�C recommends making healthy choices like eating good food , doing exercise , limiting alcohol intake , and avoiding smoking as well as controlling health conditions , including heart disease and diabetes .
Working long hours means more deaths from heart disease and stroke
Countries are urged to limit working hours

Long working hours caused 745,000 deaths from stroke and ischaemic heart disease in 2016 , a �� percent surge from ���� , the �orld Health �rgani�ation ( �H�� and the �nternational Labour Organization said , providing another good reason for shorter work weeks .

Their study found that working 55 hours or more per week was associated with a 35 percent increased risk of stroke and a 17 percent higher risk of ischaemic heart disease compared to working 35- 40 hours weekly .
�ales , people living in the �estern �acific and Southeast Asia , and middle-aged or older workers were mostly affected , with most of the deaths occurring in people between the ages of 60 and 79 .
A greater number of people are being exposed to such risks , the �H� said , as more workers are now toiling for longer hours , particularly as a result of C������� .
�The C������� pandemic has significantly changed the way many people work ,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom �hebreyesus , �H� �irector��eneral in a press release . “ Teleworking has become the norm in many industries , often blurring the boundaries between home and work . In addition , many businesses have been forced to scale back or shut down operations to save money , and people who are still on the payroll end up working longer hours . �o job is worth the risk of stroke or heart disease . Governments , employers and workers need to work together to agree on limits to protect the health of workers .”
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