The Particulars: Research has suggested that there is a link between obesity and multiple health problems, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, certain cancers, arthritis, and breathing problems. However, data are lacking on the link between obesity and myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke in young women.

Data Breakdown: In a study, investigators analyzed data from women who gave birth between 2004 and 2009 to examine the association between obesity and the risk of MI and stroke. Women with a BMI indicative of obesity were twice as likely to suffer a potentially life-threatening MI or stroke within 4 to 5 years of childbirth when compared with women of normal weight.

Take Home Pearl: When compared with women of normal weight, those of child-bearing age with a BMI indicative of obesity appear to be at increased risk for MI or stroke.