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|
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.
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