When blood can no longer flow to the brain properly, brain cells die, causing a stroke. Strokes can happen to both men and women. However, research is revealing some differences in stroke symptoms between the two genders.
According to study findings, men are more likely to experience the following stroke symptoms:
- numbness in one side of the body
- weakness in one side of the body
- trouble with maintaining steady balance (aka “poor coordination”).
In contrast, it is more common for women to report signs of headaches, lightheadedness, and confusion. Although very real, these symptoms are “nontraditional” for a stroke, and therefore more difficult to diagnose correctly.
As such, medical personnel are more likely to recognize a stroke in men, and be able to provide faster treatment. However, it is important to remember that men can also exhibit “nontraditional” stroke symptoms, as well.
As such, it’s important to recognize the early warning signs of a stroke. This gives you the best chance of noticing it and getting medical assistance before long-term damage is done.
The acronym FAST is helpful for remembering 4 of the most common warning signs of a stroke. According to Medical News Today, FAST stands for:
A stroke can cause numbness or weakness on one side of the face. When a person with this symptom tries to smile, only one side of the mouth may respond.
A person having a TIA or stroke may be unable to raise one or both arms above the head and keep them there.
A person may have difficulty speaking, or their words may not make sense.
If a person has any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical assistance. A stroke is a medical emergency, and receiving urgent treatment can prevent further injury to the brain.