8 Warning Signs Of A Stroke You Should Never Ignore

8 Warning Signs Of A Stroke You Should Never Ignore

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Having a stroke is a serious life-changing event whose long-term repercussions can last from months to years. A stroke is like experiencing a fire in the brain making it vitally important to understand that the more rapid the response to aid someone having a stroke the more of the person you can save.

However, signs of a stroke can be experienced differently between men and women, and even between age groups. A stroke is a wake-up to those who experience it, and there’s only a short time once a stroke has started to lessen the long-term damage.

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However, many don’t understand what the warning signs of a stroke between different genders. A stroke operates in two different areas depending on the area affected.

Signs of a stroke

Ischemic stroke – occurs when the blood supply in the brain shuts down.

Hemorrhagic stroke – occurs when brain blood vessels rupture allowing blood to collect in the spaces between those cells.

A stoke can lead to permanent damage such as partial paralysis, long-term memory loss, and speech impairment. While stroke is more common in women, a man’s health can also remain negatively affected for some time after the event. Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and many people worldwide will experience a stroke in their lifetime making it vital to understand the warning signs of a stroke across genders and ages.

8 common stroke signs: 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, an arm or leg often centered along one side on the body
  • Trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Sudden confusion
  • Trouble with speaking and understanding
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden trouble walking
  • Dizziness with loss of balance
  • Inability to reach both arms

The way strokes present in women

Women experience a stroke more often than men, but the signs of a stroke in women are often harder to detect. Because women often live longer than men, more women will be living alone when they have a stroke. Women report several key differences or additional signs of a stroke in women that are distinct from the more common signs of a stroke. Women experience most common signs of a stroke, but they also report additional signs which include:

  • Loss of consciousness or fainting
  • Weakness throughout the body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Disorientation
  • Hiccups
  • Agitation
  • Pain
  • Sudden behavioural changes

These types of unique female symptoms are more challenging to detect because they aren’t always noticeable as stroke symptoms.

Men and strokes

Male stroke patterns are generally quicker to spot than in females. However, men are often the least likely to be able to spot signs of a stroke in men. Having a stroke can be common across all male racial groups such African American, Native American, Asian and White Men. In general, men more often experience transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or ‘mini-strokes’ before a potential complete stroke occurs. Signs of a stroke in men often manifest as brain dysfunction including:

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  • Slurring of speech
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain
  • Face dropping on one side
  • Dizziness
  • Inability to understand conversation
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of Vision in one or both eyes

signs of a stroke
The lifetime risk of a stroke is lower in men than for women with general positive recovery outcomes. Men are also less likely to experience long-term disability after the event.

There is life after a stroke

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