There are certain stroke symptoms that occur in both men and women such as face drooping, slurred speech, feeling weaker on one side of your body and vision changes. Unfortunately for women, there are other signs of a stroke that may go unnoticed and according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 60% of death from strokes occur in women.
Below are a list of subtle signs of a stroke that exist in women, and should seek medical help if you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms.
- Sleepiness, confusion or fatigue
- Sense of “feeling funny”
- Tingling sensation in parts of the body
- Balance issues
- Behavior changes
- Memory loss
It is important to understand stroke symptoms, control our blood pressure, diabetes and manage our cholesterol levels. Having high blood pressure can cause blood clots to happen, which can block circulation to the brain causing a stroke. If the blood clot is not treated right away, the blood clot can damage the brain. Along with having to pay attention to blood pressure, medical professionals recommend being active. Physical activity and eating a well-balanced healthy diet is crucial when it comes to our health. Not only do they help with weight loss, but it also benefits the brain, blood vessels, heart and lungs.
Although the risk of stroke increases with age, younger women who are pregnant need to be alert of the possibility of stroke as well. Blood clots are more common to those that are pregnant than to those who are not.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, call 911 immediately. Always consult your doctor before making any major changes to your lifestyle.