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women taking no pills showed a rate equivalent to 30 strokes per 100,000 compared to about 60 strokes per 100,000 for women taking second or third-generation pills, still somewhat less than the risk of stroke during pregnancy. However, Spitzer argues that the study lacked sufficient statistical power to be conclusive. He says that the finding may be true for young healthy women who have pre-plaque-deposition and have whistle-clean coronaries, but those are probably not the ones who are going to have a heart attack.

The finding against increased risk of heart attacks in women taking birth control pills is further strengthened by Roger Blumenthal, director of preventive cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He points out that the earlier study in Netherlands does not see any association of third generation oral contraceptives with cardiac events which makes the study insufficient to deny women birth control pills. However, Bluementhal also adds that birth control pills are not given to women who fall in the high risk category for a heart attack, such as smokers or some with elevated blood pressure.


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