When it comes to strokes, every second counts. The longer it takes for
a stroke patient to receive
emergency care, the more brain tissue they will lose, which can lead to permanent disability
and loss of life. Women frequently underestimate their risk for strokes
and often aren’t aware of the symptoms, so they delay seeking care
and put their lives on the line. As a woman, understanding stroke symptoms
could save your life or the life of a woman you love. Here is a look at
stroke symptoms, including the symptoms that are unique to women.
Standard Stroke Symptoms
Women and men alike tend to experience a similar set of
stroke symptoms that can be easily remembered using the acronym FAST. F stands for facial
drooping and refers to the sagging of one side of the face, especially
noticeable in a lopsided smile. A is for arm, and it refers to the tendency
of one arm to drift downward when both arms are raised. S refers to the
slurred speech that typically occurs with a stroke, while T means time—time
to call 911 for emergency care when the other symptoms are present. Both
men and women have these stroke symptoms, and both require treatment as
soon as possible. The clot-dissolving drug that is most effective at treating
most strokes must be delivered within three hours of the onset of these symptoms.
Women-Specific Stroke Symptoms
The emergency care and
at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center stand ready to provide the
urgent diagnosis and care stroke patients need. You can find out more
about emergency care in West Hills by calling (818) 676-4321.
Women may also experience stroke symptoms that men don’t. Women
are more likely to have headaches during a stroke and in the lead-up to
a stroke. Others may have hiccups and indigestion, which may lead them
to chalk up their symptoms to a gastrointestinal issue. Women may even
have chest pain related to a stroke that causes them to suspect a heart
attack instead of a stroke.