Double risk of stroke for women with Idiopathic intracranial hypertension

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension

According to a study led by the University of Birmingham, women who suffer from a disabling neurological disorder called ‘idiopathic intracranial hypertension’ are at twice the risk of heart conditions & stroke.

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a devastating condition there is a severe upsurge in the pressure around the brain resulting in disabling chronic headaches. It can also lead to the compressed optic nerve, causing permanent vision loss in 25% of affected patients. The condition is highly common among obese women in their 20s & 30s.

Research, published today in JAMA Neurology, made a comparison between the GP patient records of 2,760 women with Idiopathic intracranial hypertension with a control group of 27,125 women who do not have it. The women in both groups were of a similar age and weight, with a mean age of 32.

It was found by researchers than women with Idiopathic intracranial hypertension were twice at risk of cardiovascular disease inclusive of stroke & heart failure than the women of same age & weight without the condition.

The research was supported by the Medical Research Council & the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), showed the growing prevalence & incidence of Idiopathic intracranial hypertension in women, which has more than tripled between 2005 & 2017. There has been an increase from 2.5 percent to 9.3 percent per 100,000 person-years.

The study was carried out by experts within Birmingham Health Partners, which is a long-term alliance between the University of Birmingham & two NHS Foundation Trusts where members collaborate to bring innovations to healthcare through clinical application.

Professor Sinclair stated that with both prevalence & incidence of Idiopathic intracranial hypertension on the rise, in line with a global rise in obesity, it is really vital that we have this information so we can plan healthcare delivery & services to care for these patients who often feel they are ignored.