Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women and although the symptoms of a stroke are usually hard to mistake, there can be differences between men and women when it comes to certain symptoms — and a new study from Ohio State University shows many women don’t know what those difference are.
What makes this so important is that women often don’t recognize they are having a stroke, so there’s a delay in getting treatment — treatment that can prevent the stroke from causing serious or permanent damage.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Rural Hospitals Worry About Staffing As Vaccination Deadline Approaches
Now some symptoms do tend to be similar — we use the acronym “FAST” to remind you of that.
F – stands for “Face” – meaning one side of the face droops, or one side doesn’t work like the other.
A – stands for “Arm” – meaning weakness using an arm, for example not being able to lift both arms equally. This one also applies to differences in how a leg works or feels.
S – stands for “Speech” – stroke can give you slurred speech or problems understanding what someone is saying to you.
T – stands for “Time” – call 911 — don’t delay.READ MORE: New Video Emerges Of Aurora Police Stop, Triggering Internal Investigation: 'I Was Petrified Of That Gun'
Now here is what’s different — three symptoms more common in women:
– Dizziness – very unsteady, wobbly, or having to hold onto an object for support
– Headache – a very severe headache — not a run-of-the-mill tension headache
– Third (here’s the odd one) – hiccups — sometimes with chest discomfort but in any case it’s accompanied by other symptoms plus hiccups — meaning not just a routine case of hiccups and you feel fine type of hiccups.
Most strokes are caused by a blood clot in the brain. We have medicines to dissolve those clots but it needs to be given within 3 hours to be its most effective — that’s why early recognition is important.
And don’t forget that youth is not always a protector — women tend to have strokes at younger ages, and the risk factors for those strokes in younger women include things such as pregnancy, the pill, migraines, and auto-immune diseases such as lupus.
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