A diet high in trans fats—found mostly in fried foods, baked goods, stick margarine and packaged foods—is associated with an elevated risk of ischemic stroke (a clot in the blood vessels leading to the brain) among postmenopausal women. So say researchers who analyzed data from a study of more than 87,000 women ages 50 to 79.

The researchers found that a high consumption of trans fats was linked to a 39 percent increase in stroke risk when compared with women whose diets were low in trans fats. Taking a daily aspirin, though, slightly elavated the risk: Stroke risk rose even higher—to 66 percent—among women who didn't use aspirin.

Source: Annals of Neurology, online 3/1/12; Source: Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 15 Jul 2013

Last Modified: 15 Jul 2013