Throughout the country, more women than men have a stroke. In fact, the number of women who have a stroke outweighs the number of men by approximately 55,000. Despite the fact that women have a statistically higher chance of stroke, more than 89 percent of women cannot recognize the stroke signs that are unique to their gender.
Oftentimes stroke is considered a man’s disease – meaning that women do not believe that they are ever going to have one. Oftentimes ignoring these symptoms means that someone is going to delay seeking medical assistance. While it sounds harsh, waiting too long could seriously reduce the chances of survival.
Acting Fast Is Essential
In fact, it is imperative that you act fast. Around 86 percent of stroke cases are ischemic stroke. These are caused by a blockage in the blood vessels that carry blood to the brain. Starting at the onset of symptoms, the window of opportunity for effective treatment stands at three hours. Three short hours to help dissolve the clot within that time frame. Those who do receive treatment within that time frame have a much higher chance of recovering from stroke.
This is why it is import that you are able to identify those common (and those not so common) symptoms of a stroke. These include the following:
Both men and women
- Sudden loss of coordination, balance, or ability to walk
- Numbness or weakness in leg, face or arm
- Sudden confusion, or trouble understanding words or speaking
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Numbness throughout the body with one side being number than the other
- Chest pain
- Dizziness but no vertigo
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Hiccups with chest pain
If you or your loved one experiences these symptoms, it is important that you do not delay – seek immediate medical attention. Oftentimes women miss out on the chance of receiving acute treatment because they ignore their symptoms or hope they will go away. Especially with a stroke, it is better to be safe than sorry.