According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is
the third leading cause of death for women.
In comparison, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for men. In addition, strokes are on the rise in young
women by up to 40%. While many common stroke
symptoms are shared by men and women alike, there are some additional symptoms
that are unique to women.
Some of the most common stroke symptoms that both men and
women experience include:
The American Stroke Association reports that women can
have symptoms that are different from the warning signs more commonly
associated with stroke. Unfortunately,
these unique symptoms are sometimes not recognized as a stroke and obtaining
timely treatment is often delayed. Women
In addition to the general risk factors for stroke which
include family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes,
smoking, lack of exercise, and being overweight, women are faced with
additional risk factors unique to them.
These can include:
F – Face A – Arms S – Speech T – Time
The most successful outcomes are seen in patients who
received treatment within the first three hours of experiencing symptoms.
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