Stroke Symptoms Women Shouldn’t Ignore
If you notice these symptoms, it may mean someone is having a stroke.
Women have more strokes than men, even though many people think strokes are something that happen mostly to older men. In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in women (it’s the fifth leading cause of death in men).
When someone has a stroke, recovery can depend on how quickly medical treatment is received. Knowing what the symptoms of stroke look like can help you determine when someone needs help. If something seems “off” and you suspect it’s due to a stroke, call 911 immediately. The sooner a person having a stroke gets to the hospital, the better.
Common symptoms of stroke include:
- Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, double or blurred vision
- Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
When it comes to determining if someone is having a stroke, remember the word “FAST” – this acronym was created by the National Stroke Association to identify stroke warning signs.
F – FACIAL DROOPING: Ask the person to smile. Is one side of the face drooping or hard to move?
A – ARM WEAKNESS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?
S – SPEECH DIFFICULTIES: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Do you notice slurred speech or trouble forming words?
T – TIME: Time lost is brain lost. If you notice any of the above symptoms, call 911 right away.
If you suspect someone is having a stroke, always call 911. It’s important to act FAST.
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Date Last Reviewed: November 29, 2017
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
Medical Review: Perry Pitkow, MD