Believe it or not, some women experience stroke symptoms without knowing what is going on. The reason for this is simple: the symptoms for women and men can greatly differ. Regardless of your gender it is important to know the signs of a stroke.
The Different Stroke Symptoms Experienced By Men And Women
Julia Warner Gargano, M.S., an epidemiologist at Michigan State University, completed a study showing that women are less likely to receive a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) meant to break up blood clots. This is an important development because the most common type of stroke is caused a blood clot reaching the brain.
In short, women tend to have “more vague” stroke symptoms. In turn, they are not always treated as a sign of stroke which leads doctors to avoid the use of a tissue plasminogen activator.
A recent study of 1,724 patients who were confirmed to have a stroke turned up some interesting data. Of these, nine percent of men did not report any of the five signs of a stroke as outlined by the American Stroke Association. On the other hand, 13 percent of women did not report any of these signs.
Instead, these women commonly complained of other symptoms including: seizures, difficulty breathing, extreme pain, and loss of consciousness.
Many people are under the impression that strokes are more common in men than women. This is not true. Every year, roughly 55k more women have strokes than men. Along with this, according to the American Heart Association there are more approximately 6.4 million stroke survivors. Of these, 3.9 million are female.
It is good for both men and women to be aware of the five stroke symptoms as outlined by the American Stroke Association. They include: sudden weakness and numbness; sudden trouble seeing; sudden confusion; sudden trouble walking; and sudden headache.
While these symptoms are common, there are others, as noted above, that are also known to primarily affect women.