According to studies, 60 percent of women who have strokes will die from it, compared to 40 percent of men. Women and men are different, and so are their signs/symptoms for stroke.
Prevention of stroke is key – 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented through managing/reducing risk factors.
The more a woman knows about her specific risk factors and about the signs/symptoms of stroke the more she can focus on prevention. Women are encouraged to schedule cardiovascular screenings beginning at age 25 to address risk factors and disease just like their annual pap smear and breast exams. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, high-stress environment as well as family history are all risk factors for stroke. Women who suffer from stroke tend to have different or additional symptoms.
Potentially life saving medication can be administered within three hours of the sudden symptom onset to reverse stroke. If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time of when any of the symptoms first appear.
Every minute counts for stroke patients and acting F.A.S.T can lead patients to the stroke treatments they desperately need.
F – FACE: Does one side of the face droop when the person smiles?A – ARM or Leg Weakness: Does one arm/leg drift downward when raised?S – SPEECH: Is their speech slurred or strange?T – TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Source: National Stroke Association.
If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time of when any of the symptoms first appear. Do not drive yourself or wait for a ride from a friend or family member. Have an ambulance take you to the hospital that is a stroke receiving center right away.
Designated Stroke Receiving Centers
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