Women often underestimate their risk for stroke, which means that they often overlook the symptoms. When a stroke occurs, urgent care is essential for minimizing brain damage and saving lives, so failing to pay attention to the warning signs can be deadly. The fact is that women are more likely to experience a stroke then men, and they are twice as likely to die from stroke as breast cancer. Arm yourself with this information about the symptoms of stroke in women so you can act quickly if they strike.
Numbness on One Side of the Body
During a stroke, it’s common for one side of the body to go numb. This can occur in the face, arm, or leg; or it may impact the entire side. You can usually see this symptom in someone else because one side of the face will droop. To test for this numbness, try raising both of your arms. If one drifts downward, you could be experiencing a stroke.
Altered Mental Status
Another name for stroke is brain attack, and because the brain is involved, stroke victims often experience altered mental status. Look for signs like sudden drowsiness, disorientation, confusion, and agitation. It’s also possible to experience hallucinations. Although both men and women can have these symptoms during a stroke, they are much more common in women.
Heart Attack-Like Symptoms
Women tend to have different stroke symptoms than men, and among those are symptoms most often associated with heart attacks. During a stroke, women may have chest pain, nausea, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. They may also have limb pain and sudden hiccups. These symptoms always require urgent care, so go to the emergency room right away, where the doctor can determine if you’re having a heart attack or stroke.
The emergency room and neurosciences team at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center stand ready to provide critical care to stroke patients and to support their recoveries. Find out more about our Las Vegas hospital and stroke care program by calling (702) 880-2100.