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Strokes in Women

Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer from new or recurrent strokes each year, making strokes the fifth most common cause of death and disability in the United States. Among these statistics, did you know that death due to stroke happens more often in women than in men? It’s true, around 40% of stroke deaths occur in males compared to 60% in females. Stroke kills twice as many women each year as breast cancer...sparking up the question of why and how can I avoid this from happening to me?


It is imperative to know the warning signs that precede to a stroke. Early treatment is vital because the best treatments are only effective if administered within the first THREE hours of the onset of symptoms. People tend to downplay the beginnings of a stroke, and this causes them to lose these few precious hours by not taking action. Knowing what these signs are and reacting quickly could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one. One of the easiest ways to recognize the early onset of a stroke is to remember the word FAST.

FAST is an acronym the following symptoms and the appropriate reaction:

  • TIME TO CALL 911


Ask the potential stroke victim to smile; if the smile is lopsided, with only one side of the mouth turning upward, take them to the hospital immediately. Another telltale sign is if they stick out their tongue and it is crooked, or the tongue leans to one side or the other. Finally, if the individual is unable to lift one arm when asked to raise both to the same level, it could be an early indicator of a stroke.

Other stroke signs include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion—difficulty talking or understanding
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble with walking, balance, and coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache for no known reason


Women can exhibit different symptoms than men. Stroke symptoms in women can include loss of consciousness, fainting, weakness, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Also, unresponsiveness or feeling disoriented, and behavioral differences that onset suddenly like being agitated or hallucinating. Other physical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, pain, and seizures. Even a bad case of the hiccups can signify the potential occurrence of a stroke.


Knowing the risk factors for a stroke will tell you the lifestyle changes you may need to adapt to reduce your odds of this happening to you. It may also be important to manage your risk by taking medication, which can lessen the potential of a stroke even more.

General indications of your risk of a stroke are a history of stroke in your family, having high blood pressure or cholesterol, being overweight/obesity, smoking, not exercising, having a sedentary lifestyle, and diabetes.

Additional stroke risks in women are:

  • Taking birth control pills.
  • Being pregnant.
  • Some forms of Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Suffering from Migraine Headaches (this can increase your risk 2-1/2 times, and unfortunately women are more prone to migraines than males)

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