Common and not-so-common Stroke Symptoms - Some May Surprise You!

Common and not-so-common Stroke Symptoms - Some May Surprise You!

May 13, 2015 05:22 PM EDT - Author: Adrienne

Do you know the signs of a stroke?  Did you know that they're actually different for men and women?  Well, maybe you did know that but I bet some of the symptoms on the list will surprise you still!


A recent study at the University of Ohio found that an alarming nine out of ten women do not know the symptoms of a stroke, specifically for women. “Women do not think they are going to have a stroke. They think of it as a man’s disease,” says Diana Greene-Chandos, M.D., neurologist and director of neuroscience critical care at Wexner in a press release. However-- 60 percent of the people who die from a stroke are women.

When symptoms of a stroke are noticed it can mean a matter of life and death within minutes.  This is why it is SO important to know the symptoms and... take action by calling 9-1-1 or getting that person to the ER as fast as possible!
Here is a comprehensive list of the signs of a stroke, from the National 
  • Hiccups with chest pain (women)
  • Headaches (women)
  • Heart palpitations (women)
  • Shortness of breath (women)
  • Dizziness but no vertigo (women)
  • Chest pain (women)
  • Numbness throughout the body with one side being more numb than the other (women)
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes (both)
  • Sudden confusion, or trouble understanding words or speaking (both)
  • Numbness or weakness in leg, face or arm (both)
  • Sudden loss of coordination, balance or ability to walk (both)
Again, if you or your loved one experiences any of these symptoms, it’s vital that you seek immediate medical attention. As Greene-Chandos says, “Women shouldn’t ignore their symptoms or hope they will go away because they may lose their opportunity to receive acute treatment.”



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