Women owe it to themselves and their families to know the signs of stroke in women and then act on that information. There are few health goals as important as avoiding strokes. Strokes are debilitating and their health impacts can last for years or even a lifetime. Let’s look at some of the most common signs of stroke in women. Please note that these symptoms can vary from person to person and are therefore not in any specific order of commonality or importance.
#1: Problems with Speech and/or Confusion
Problems with speech or confusion are both common warning signs of a potential stroke. If you or a loved one suddenly experiences problems with speech or confusion please realize that these are serious symptoms, which must be addressed by a medical professional immediately.
#2: Sudden Loss of Strength or Coordination
If you suddenly and without explanation lose strength or coordination, then there is a real need for concern. Losing strength due to a specific injury such as falling and spraining an ankle is a much different situation from an unexplained loss of strength or coordination. So please take these kinds of symptoms very seriously.
#3: Problems with Vision
Blurred vision or dimness of vision is another one of the major sings of stroke in women. Blurred vision or dimness of vision can have many explanations and do not in and of themselves indicate you are having a stroke; however, like all the signs of stroke these are serious symptoms regardless of their root cause and must be addressed by a medical professional.
#4: Dizziness, Fainting or Loss of Consciousness
Like so many of the other symptoms of stroke listed in this article, the root causes of dizziness, fainting or a loss of consciousness are potentially varied. That stated, fainting or the loss of consciousness has to be treated with the utmost seriousness. If you are a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, then immediate evaluation by a medical professional is a must.
#5: Numbness or Tingling
Numbness in any part of the body or problems moving body parts is another sign of stroke. Numbness can occur anywhere including the face or extremities.
There are many factors that can increase a woman’s risk of strokes. Many of these factors are quite unexpected and range from taking birth control pills to migraine headaches. Being aware of these risks and the symptoms of a stroke can help you avoid the extreme dangers of a stroke.