This knowledge can save your life!

A stroke is a circulatory disorder in the brain which causes cells in the affected  area to receive insufficient oxygen, prompting cell death.  This can lead to  long-term effects such as paralysis or speech  problems. Every year, approximately 800,000 Americans  have a stroke. Three quarters  of them are over 65 years old. But it can also happen to younger people. Women suffer strokes more  frequently than men and the results are often fatal. That's why early detection is especially important.

Symptoms of a stroke:  

There are several indications that are warning signs of a stroke. What many people don't realize is that  symptoms can be different for  women and men. On the one hand there are the classic signs of a stroke that are the same for both sexes. These include dizziness, blurred vision, speech  and memory problems, and numbness and paralysis on one side of  body.

On the other hand, there are also specific symptoms that more commonly occur in women but are not always recognized as signs of a stroke.

These are:

HiccupsFainting or faintnessPainShortness of breathHallucinationsNauseaSeizuresPersonality changes

Of course all of the usual risk factors for stroke, e.g. obesity or smoking, apply to females as well as males. Women  who use hormone-based contraceptives, are  in the last trimester of pregnancy,  or who have just given birth have a higher risk of stroke.


If you notice stroke  symptoms in either yourself or another person, you should immediately call emergency services or visit a hospital. Take the FAST-Test
 if you suspect someone has just suffered a stroke. In an emergency, every minute counts. Better to have a  false alarm  than  to have reacted  too late!