Women Are At Higher Risk Of Having A Stroke Than Men (INFOGRAPHIC & VIDEO)

Strokes among women seem to be on the rise and can be often fatal because the symptoms aren’t as obvious as in some other illnesses. Also, it seems that, as the years go by, more women are having strokes than men and more women die of strokes. This disease is now the third leading cause of death in Canada and the fourth leading cause in the United States so it’s very important that women are aware of the symptoms and the causes of stroke.

What women should be aware of

But what is the most frightening thing about strokes is that women usually aren’t aware of the risks. According to the National Stroke Association, a survey conducted by Healthy Women revealed that only 27% of women know three or more of the six principal strokes symptoms and the survey also disclosed that women believe breast cancer to be five times more deadly than stroke. They added that 7 out of 10 women are not concerned about having a stroke or about the fact that they are more at risk than men.

As I explained in another post, a stroke is like a heart attack, but in the brain. Actually, this is when a blood clot travels to the brain, blocking oxygen and blood flow through one or several vessels in some areas of the brain. During a stroke, also called a “brain attack”, brain cells begin to die causing major harm to that area, and that’s when abilities like speech, movement, and memory are being damaged.

Women face higher risk of stroke

We need to be aware of the danger of strokes, and we must be informed about this insidious disease. Being well-informed about it is an excellent way of lowering our risk of stroke and the infographic below, put together by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, shows us exactly that. In it, we can find what it is that can raise our risk of stroke and how we can lower them.

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An infographic by the team at American Heart And Stroke Association

F.A.S.T.

In this infographic, you can read the acronym F.A.S.T. which can help you recognize the warning signs. This acronym is an easy way to memorize the warning signs and to remember to call 9-1-1 right away. Here they are:

F: Face drooping

A: Arm weakness

S: Speech difficulty

T: Time to call 9-1-1

How to get your life back

But there is hope for those who suffered a stroke and weren’t the same afterward. Here is a video where you can see how Lucie, a woman who woke up with disabilities after having a stroke, got her life back:

For more information, you can call the American STROKE HELP LINE at 1-800-STROKES that’s 1-800-787-6537.

Photo credit: luisrock62/MorgueFile

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6 thoughts on “Women Are At Higher Risk Of Having A Stroke Than Men (INFOGRAPHIC & VIDEO)

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  1. G’day! Great info article and yes women in general worldwide tend to put themselves last and not pay attention to their own health! If this post saves even one person, than it is totally worth writing it today!
    Cheers! Joanne @What’s On The List
    #ibabloggers

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    1. I am glad you liked my article, Joanne! That’s exactly why I wrote it to pass on the info and because women usually put themselves last. We need to realize that we have to take care of ourselves as well as others. Have a great weekend and come back often! 🙂

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  2. Wow! This is so eye opening! I guess I always assumed that men suffered from strokes more often than women, because I know of more men who have had strokes than women. I am so glad that you shared this infographic! These are so helpful in understanding the statistics of a subject. #ibabloggers

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  3. Hi Megan! Yeah, before coming across this infographic, I also thought that men had more strokes than women and that’s why I wanted to share this, because I figured I wasn’t the only one thinking that! Glad you liked it! Come back any time! 😉

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  4. Hi Nataly,

    That sure was a lovely infographic and video 🙂

    Yes indeed, women are at a higher risk as I’ve written a few posts about it on my blog too, so the research for those post led me to learn more about it. I guess women work much harder and longer hours as compared to men, so that’s another reason, isn’t it?

    We never get to know about such health issues until we are struck with it, so all the more reason to take care of ourselves – much more than before, now that we know it can be a silent killer. I am so glad to see Lucie’s video and she came out of if because she was determined.

    Thanks for sharing, and I’d surely be sharing this and pinning it too, to help spread the word. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

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    1. Hi Harleena,

      Strokes are silent killers indeed and that’s why I wanted to write about it. Women should be aware of this and take the measures necessary to try to prevent it. I also thought that Lucie’s video was inspiring and could show women that it is possible to survive and even recover after a stroke.

      Thanks for stopping by and for spreading the word by sharing my post! Come back any time! 😉

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