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Female-specific Symptoms and Risks For Stroke: Do You Know Them?

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Greene-Chandos also stated that in the final months of pregnancy and the period right after having a child, a woman’s risk of having a stroke can increase.

The problem is that if a woman does not think she could be having a stroke, she delays getting medical attention. The quicker she reacts, the quicker she will receive treatment that may help stop the damage from the stroke.

“About 60 percent of stroke deaths occur in females, and 40 percent in males, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA).”2

The CDC reports that strokes are the fifth leading cause of death of both men and women, killing 130,000 Americans each year. This means that about one out of every 20 deaths are due to stroke.3

Here is a test you can take right now to see if you are at risk of having a stroke. The test is provided by Wexner Medical Center.

While some risk factors such as genetics, ethnicity and age cannot be changed, there are many more that can be. Work with your doctor to reduce your risks in those areas that you can control.

And if you are a woman, don’t hesitate to get help if you experience any of the female-specific symptoms of a stroke.


1) Survey Finds That Most Women Do Not Know Female-Specific Signs, Symptoms Of Stroke. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

2) The Grapevine: Signs Of Stroke Differ In Men And Women; Survey Shows Women Need To Be More Aware. Medical Daily.com. Retrieved May 23, 2015.

3) Stroke Fact Sheet. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved May 23, 2015.

Michele is an R.N.

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