In the last decades, cardiovascular diseases have been declining. Unfortunately, there are still many people who die due to problems such as a stroke, and women are the most affected by it. They often have different symptoms that men, and don’t realize the gravity of the situation, so they don’t get treated in time. Most strokes can be avoided, so it’s important that you learn to recognize the signs. Find out which ones below!
We often hear that someone suffered a stroke, but most people don’t know what it is for sure. A stroke occurs when there are problems with the blood flow in the brain, due, for example, to blood clots and internal bleeding. When the flow of blood in a part of the brain is interrupted, the brain cells become deprived of oxygen and begin to die.
The most common symptoms for women and men
- Numbness or paralysis of the face, arms and legs.
- Vision and speech problems.
- Weakness and dizziness.
- Severe headaches with no known causes.
- There are 55,000 more women than men having strokes. This means that there is an increased risk of women dying of a stroke.
Specific risk factors for women
- Menstruating before 10 years of age.
- Menopause before age 45.
- Low levels of the hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone).
- Use of hormonal contraceptives.
There is a reason why more women die of stroke than men. There are unique symptoms for women, and many people don’t know them. Most women die of strokes for not getting help, and for lack of knowledge.
It’s also more common in women what we call a “silent stroke.” It is a small stroke that is not discovered, but usually results in a much larger one.
Symptoms of a Stroke in Women
- Difficulties in breathing.
- Nausea or vomiting.
Preventing a Stroke
There are many ways for women to avoid strokes. Most of them are pretty simple: try to eliminate risk factors in your life! Blood pressure, for example, occurs in 47.9% of all stroke cases. Physical inactivity (35.8%), high cholesterol (26.8%), unhealthy foods (23.2%), obesity (18.6%) and smoking (12.4%) were observed. Diabetes, high alcohol consumption and stress can also be important risk factors.
There are studies that show that women take longer than men to go to the hospital after a stroke. If you suspect something is wrong, see a doctor immediately. The symptoms may vary from person to person, but nothing better than going to the hospital to make sure you’re in good health.
Share the warning signs and risk factors so we can save more lives in the future.