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LEARN TO RECOGNIZE STROKE SYMPTOMS IN WOMEN

Stroke Symptoms vs. Stroke Risk Factors for Women

It’s important to know that although some may use “stroke symptoms” and “stroke risk factors” interchangeably, they are different:

  • Stroke risk factors: what can lead to a potential stroke.. There are 7 Stroke Risk Factors Women Should Know.
  • Stroke symptoms: includes “warning signs,” or what someone experiences during an actual stroke.

Both are good knowledge, but symptoms are what we’re covering here.

THINK F.A.S.T.

IN A POTENTIAL STROKE EMERGENCY

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F.A.S.T. is an acronym for the common stroke symptoms of both women and men, so it helps to begin by learning these.
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HICCUPS

IN WOMEN COULD MEAN A STROKE

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While there usually isn’t a cause for concern when you have hiccups, women who have hiccups and unusual chest pain at the same time may be having a stroke.
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UNUSUAL CHEST PAIN

IN WOMEN MIGHT BE A STROKE SYMPTOM

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Chest pain may also be a classic heart attack sign, but many women have it during a stroke. For that reason, it may be a good idea to think “stroke” when you experience unusual chest pain, especially if hiccups are also present.
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BODY NUMBNESS IN WOMEN,

ESPECIALLY ON ONLY ONE SIDE, COULD BE SERIOUS

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You may be experiencing a stroke if you get that feeling of a limb “falling asleep,” either in an arm or leg or elsewhere in the body – except that it comes on suddenly and in an unexplainable way, especially if it’s only on one side.
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EXCRUCIATING HEADACHES

IN WOMEN MAY MEAN A STROKE

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There are a lot of reasons women experience headaches, but stroke survivors who report a headache at the onset of a stroke often describe the pain as especially excruciating. Their pain tends to come on suddenly, with no obvious explanation.
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MANAGING RISK:

WHY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS MAY NOT BE ENOUGH

If you take prescription medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, they may not be enough to protect your heart. Talk to your doctor about whether these medications are enough for you and whether adding an aspirin regimen can help further reduce the risk of another heart attack or clot-related (ischemic) stroke.

TELL ME HOW ASPIRIN HELPS

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

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