It is known that women experience heart attacks differently than men, but
does the same hold true for
strokes? Because getting emergency care quickly is essential for minimizing the
loss of brain tissue during a stroke, recognizing the signs is essential.
For women, the symptoms of a stroke are generally the same as they are
for men, but getting women to recognize them and take action to get emergency
care is the challenge. If you experience these symptoms of a stroke, this
is the time to put yourself first and get the life-saving care you need.
Drooping on One Side of the Face
During a stroke, the part of the brain that controls muscles in the face
may be affected. If this occurs, one side of the face may feel numb, and
it may begin to droop. Although the drooping may be obvious simply by
looking at someone, an easy way to tell for sure is to ask the person
who could be having a stroke to smile. If the smile droops downward on
one side, then he or she could be having a stroke.
Weakness on One Side of the Body
A stroke could also cause numbness and weakness on one side of the body.
You may notice that someone who is experiencing a stroke looks like he
or she is slumping to one side. You can also easily test this symptom
by asking someone who could be having a stroke to raise their arms. If
one arm drops downward while the other one is still raised, it could indicate a stroke.
Slurred speech is a classic stroke symptom. In addition to slurring words,
some people may say things that are unintelligible, be unable to follow
a conversation, or suddenly begin saying things that don’t make
sense. This symptom is highly suggestive of a stroke and should be evaluated
in the ER.
Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center provides cutting-edge
stroke care to stop the destruction of brain tissue and minimize the long-term
complications for patients. Contact us today at (702) 880-2700 for more
information about stroke care in Las Vegas and other hospital services.