This week we’re recognizing women’s health initiatives, and today we’re talking about the signs and symptoms of a stroke – in both women and men.
When it comes to strokes, it’s imperative to recognize the signs and quickly react to them. The most common stroke symptoms in both men and women are as follows:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of 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
As you may – or may not know, there are also unique symptoms of strokes in women specifically. The onset of the following signs is typically very sudden:
A quick reaction that the National Stroke Organization refers to as, “F.A.S.T.” is vitally important to the well being of a stroke victim. There are effective treatments called “clot-busters” available to those that have had a stroke, but these medications are only available if the stroke has been diagnosed by a medial physician with in three-hours of its occurrence.
- F—FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A—ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S—SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
- T—TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.