Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the US. Many people have become familiar with stoke and the most common warning symptoms associated with them, thanks to the acronym F.A.S.T:
Did you know that women still account for nearly 60% of all stroke deaths? This may be because women tend to disregard symptoms of illness, focusing on the other people in their lives instead. But it may also be because women often experience more subtle symptoms of stroke than those listed above. In addition, women may also experience:
general feelings of overall weakness
disorientation & confusion
nausea or vomiting
Minutes count during a stroke. It’s important to recognize the sudden onset of symptoms or loss of function. While some of the listed symptoms may seem vague or commonplace, if they occur suddenly and without explanation, they are cause for concern.
Finally, if you experience these symptoms, and fear you may be having a stroke, it’s important to communicate that information to healthcare professionals. These non-traditional symptoms can sometimes stump healthcare workers. During a stroke, time equals brain, so don’t be afraid to speak up and advocate for yourself and your health.