Did you know that stroke is the third leading cause of death for women?
According to the National Stroke Association, 55,000 more women are dying from stroke than men per year. The statistics raise many questions and sure puts us in the red zone for raising our concerns about this cause.
Most of the times the stroke comes unnoticed. At least, this is what many of you think. They don’t know the reason, and most certainly, they don’t know how to protect themselves from a sudden stroke.
If you do a little research about stroke, you will find that it’s the final “product” when the brain is not able to get enough oxygen from blood due to “broken” veins. It leads to dying of the brain cells and stroke.
There are different types of strokes. Everything depends on the cause.
- Ischemic Stroke – includes a clot
- Hemorrhagic Stroke – includes blood vessel rupture
- Transient Ischemic Attack (Mini-Stroke) – includes a temporary clot
Now, many women don’t feel the need to call the doctor or take bigger measures when a mini stroke occurs. Some of them don’t even feel it.
However, that’s the sign of something bigger that could follow. See at it as an alarm for you to take immediate measures.
You can do that by learning the symptoms from a stroke. It will help you prevent bigger damages and live a long and happy life.
In the next few minutes, we are going to direct our attention to the risk factors and hidden symptoms that could lead to stroke.
I will divide them into two sections: one for both sexes and another for signs showing only in women.
Here we go:
Risk Factors for Stroke
For both genders:
- High Cholesterol
- Cardiovascular Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Physical Inactivity
- Excess Body Weight
- Drug Use
- Smoking Cigarettes
Risk factors that boost the chances of stroke in Women:
- Mental Health
- HRT – Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Migraines Accompanied by Auras
- Use of Birth Control Pills
Most Common Signs of Stroke
In both sexes:
- Trouble with vision
Besides these, women could experience:
- Changes in behavior
- Shortness of breath
As you can see, women can experience different signs of stroke. They are different than men and little less known.
We are all focusing on the most common symptoms while forgetting about the other things that could lead to the same consequence.