What Every Woman Should Know About Stroke

Stroke is said to be more common in women, this is why becoming aware of the following stroke warning signs is essential.

Stroke continues to be the fifth main cause of death in men. In women, it is the third main cause. It is a condition where a part of the brain is affected due to a blood clot. The blood clot prevents the normal blood supply to this part of the brain.

There are numerous symptoms associated with the onset. These include numbness experienced in the limbs and face, headaches, hiccups, nausea, shortness of breath, chest pains and others.  These are the general symptoms but women might also experience other signs that indicate stroke. Knowing these additional symptoms would help women stay cautious.

Here are the most common symptoms that are specifically noted in women who have stroke:

 

  1. Sudden unexplained feeling of weakness, feeling light headed and losing consciousness, anxiety, trouble breathing eventually leading to shortness of breath, feeling nauseous and vomiting in some cases, hallucinations, seizures, hiccups, or pain. Few or more of these symptoms might occur right when the blood supply to the brain starts getting interrupted. These might also be accompanied by other general stroke symptoms.    Women who notice these signs should be warned of the impending danger and take immediate measurestoalleviate the condition . 
  2. Dr. Lewis Morgenstern, from the University of Michigan, talks about stroke, “Either the experience of stroke is really different for some biological reason, or men and women experience the same phenomenon and explain it differently.” We are glad doctors and researchers like Dr. Morgenstern are working on stroke.
  3. As it occurs differently in men and women the symptoms associated show a marked difference too. This is why the treatment procedure for stroke would also be slightly different for men and women. When we talk about stroke, early diagnosis would reduce the severity of the situation a great deal. The first few hours of the onset of stroke are the most critical. If suitable steps are not taken in this period then it might lead to severe complications. The warning signs mentioned would come as precursors. Understanding them and getting medical help can prevent life threatening situations. One thing that has been observed in most cases is that women, once they get stroke reach a hospital pretty late in comparison with men. This makes the treatment tougher. It also results in increasing the duration required for the complete recovery after stroke. This makes it even more important for women to be more aware of the signs of to be prepared in the worst situations.

Alu Azege

Alu Azege is a broadcast journalist. Creating multimedia content for social causes, a communication and strategic planner, a Public Relation's manager and Public image maker.

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