Twice as many women die of stroke than breast cancer every year.
Despite this startling statistic, women are more worried about their risk of getting breast cancer than their stroke risk. What's more, women think stroke is a men's disease. But the truth is more women than men will die from stroke.
One way you can improve your odds for not having a stroke is to learn about the lifestyle changes and medicines that can lower your stroke risk.
Some risk factors are the same for men and women:
- a family history of stroke
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- being overweight
- not exercising
Other risks are unique to women:
- taking birth control pills
- being pregnant; stroke risk increases during a normal pregnancy due to natural changes in the body such as increased blood pressure and stress on the heart
- using Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), a combined hormone therapy of progestin and estrogen, to relieve menopausal symptoms
- having a thick waist and high triglyceride (blood fat) level; post-menopausal women with a waist size larger than 35.2 inches and a triglyceride level higher than 128 milligrams per liter may have a five-fold increased risk for stroke
- being a migraine headache sufferer; migraines can increase a woman's stroke risk 3-6 times, and most Americans who suffer migraines are women
Warning signs and symptoms
Just as important as learning how to prevent stroke is knowing how to recognize one, because when a stroke occurs time is of the essence. Immediate medical care is critical to minimize brain damage and disability. Because time lost is brain lost. If an individual experiences any of the following they may be having a stroke and need immediate emergency care:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Of interest is a 2003 study that documented, reportedly for the first time, a significant difference in the way women and men describe their symptoms while they’re having a stroke. Women were 62 percent more likely than men to say they were feeling sensations not on the list of “traditional” stroke symptoms. In particular, women were more likely to report pain and changes in consciousness or disorientation. They were also generally more likely than men to report non-neurological symptoms like shortness of breath and chest pain. Study researchers say the results may help explain findings from other research showing that women often don’t get stroke treatment as quickly as men .
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