Facts You Need to Know about Strokes and Women
Face—does one side of the person’s face droop when she smiles?
Arms—does one arm drift downward when both are raised?
Speech—is the person’s speech slurred?
Time—if you observe any of these, call 9-1-1 immediatelyWhile common symptoms for men and women include sudden numbness or weakness in limbs, confusion, trouble speaking or seeing, dizziness, severe headache without cause, there are also some specific symptoms that women have reported experiencing. These are not always recognized as stroke symptoms, which can lead to late diagnosis and complications later. These symptoms include:
- General weakness
- Shortness of breath
- Women who experience migraines with aura and smoke are advised to stop smoking immediately.
- Women who are pregnant should monitor their blood pressure during and after pregnancy to lower the risk of stroke.
- Women over 75 should be screened for Atrial Fibrillation
- Women should be screened for high blood pressure prior to starting a birth control regimen.
- Women with concerns about high blood pressure or stroke should consult a doctor.