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Stroke Symptoms in Women

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Stroke Symptoms in Women

Identifying the Warning signs of a Stroke in Women

A stroke is a serious disease that affects the arteries that provide blood, oxygen, and nutrients in the brain. When these blood vessels become obstructed or ruptured, the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen and brain cells begin to die.

With strokes being one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, it is essential that we know the signs and symptoms of this serious condition. Although there are many universal signs of a stroke, some symptoms are unique to women.

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

Some of the most commonly experienced symptoms experienced during a stroke include:

  • Facial drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble speaking
  • Sudden numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden sight issue
  • Sudden trouble walking
  • Sudden and severe headache

Symptoms More Common in Women

Although men and women can face many of the same symptoms of a stroke, women tend to have more subtle symptoms that are often overlooked. Some of these symptoms may include:

  • General weakness
  • Fatigue or tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Memory issue

What to Do if You Suspect a Stroke

“The prevalence of stroke in women is predicted to rise significantly over the next few decades. Women are at risk for strokes at three times during their life - during child bearing age, during menopause, and once they are over 80 years of age. Although women tend to be more aware of stroke symptoms than men, they are less likely to call an ambulance for themselves. It's important to know the symptoms of stroke and know that strokes in women may occur at a relatively young age; always call an ambulance if you suspect you are having a stroke,” says Dr. Hisham Salahuddin, a neurointerventionist with Antelope Valley Medical Center.

If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke, dial 9-1-1 immediately, even if the signs and symptoms appear to go away.

Although most stroke patients do not need CPR, it may be necessary if they fall unconscious. Check their breathing and pulse; if there is none, start CPR while you wait for emergency services to arrive.

Acute Stroke Care in Lancaster, CA

At Antelope Valley Medical Center, we understand that patients suffering from a stroke require a quick response and accurate diagnosis in the short window following an attack. Antelope Valley Medical Center’s stroke response team has a proven track record for demonstrating extraordinary efficiency and expertise in stroke care.

With Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission and the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, AVMC is committed to providing timely care to quickly treat acute stroke victims.

Call (661) 949-5000 or visit our dedicated stroke care page for more information.