Stroke in Women

What is stroke?
According to American Stroke Association, A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, consequently the brain cells die.
Why stroke in women?
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for men while it is the third leading cause of death for women. Most women are unaware of warning signs of stroke in women. A survey states that only one out of 10 women was aware that hiccups that occur with unusual chest pain is an early warning sign of stroke in women.
Risk factors unique to women
There are risks common to both men and women and these includes; Smoking, High blood pressure and sedentary lifestyle.
The unique risks peculiar to women are; Pregnancy, Lupus, Migraine headaches, Birth control pills, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
Symptoms of Stoke
Sudden loss of balance or coordination
Sudden confusion
Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Sudden numbness of the face, arm or leg usually on one part of the body
Difficulty or shortness of breath
Hiccups combined with atypical chest pain.
Stoke Prevention in women
Woman with pregnancy-induced high blood pressure should work at keeping their blood pressure in check as they are fourfold more likely to develop high blood pressure in adulthood and two times more likely to have a stroke.
Women experiencing migraines with aura and they smoke should cease smoking immediately.
Before starting a birth control pill, women should be screened for high blood pressure.
Depression and emotional stress have been found to increase the risk of getting a stroke. Get help from medical personnel.
Keep weight at a healthy level.
Avoid smoking.
Get regular exercise.
Ensure alcohol is taken in moderation.
According to the American Health Association to spot a stroke watch out and observe the following
F          –           Face drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
A          –           Arm weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S          –           Speech difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T          –           Time to call an emergency service – If someone shows any of these symptoms,    even if the symptoms go away, call an emergency number or get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.
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