WHEN TO GET HELP
If you’re experiencing even one of these symptoms – or are around someone who is – don’t wait.
Take action at the first sign(s):
- dial 9-1-1
- tell the emergency dispatcher that you “think someone’s having a stroke.”
- try to recall when you first noticed the symptoms for the dispatcher.
That third step helps the 9-1-1 operator and first responders make important decisions that can mean the difference between another stroke death statistic and a heart-healthy life as a stroke survivor.
BE THERE FOR THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE
While some women may think of stroke as a problem for men, the sobering fact is that it is the third leading cause of death in American women – 60% of the 137,000 stroke deaths each year in the U.S. are women. Perhaps even more surprising is that in one study of 1,000 women, a large majority could not identify the female-specific stroke signs or symptoms of a stroke. Incredibly, sometimes even stroke survivors trained to spot the symptoms in others didn’t recognize them in their own experiences.
The reason for this wide gap between the facts and women’s awareness may point to a need for women to learn what these specific stroke symptoms in women are. Arming yourself with this knowledge can make a big difference because as any stroke survivor will tell you, there’s a lot to live forward to.