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For years, select researchers have claimed that men and women experience stroke symptoms differently. Studies of stroke warning signs highlight that the mortality rate for female stroke victims is higher than male stroke victims, mostly as the result of treatment delays within the health care setting and the non-reporting of critical indicative symptoms. According to this data, women may not experience the classic symptoms of a stroke. So this leaves us with one question: do men and women experience these symptoms differently?
As a leading provider of stroke care in Boca Raton, we thought it was important to first inform readers of the class signs and symptoms of stroke. These can include headache, numbness and/or tingling (typically on one side of the body), difficulty speaking, confusion and even dizziness or visual changes. The severity of these symptoms will depend on the severity of the stroke. Statistics indicate that women are less likely to report these “minor” symptoms, attributing them to other health conditions or increased levels of stress, or ignoring them in fear of being seen as a complainer. In a study of almost 2,000 women, the symptoms previously mentioned were either considered mild enough for the woman to abstain from reporting them to the health care provider or were absent.
In another study of gender and stroke, the majority of women who participated reported having atypical signs and symptoms. In order of most prominent to least, women experienced fainting or loss of consciousness, difficulty with breathing, pain, or thought they had suffered a seizer. Interpretation of symptoms is also an important consideration when looking at how these symptoms may be experienced.
This is a complex answer that is both yes and no. The National Stroke Association (NSA), recognizes that there is indeed a difference for men and women. They recommend seeking help immediately if classic signs and symptoms have been experienced, but have added to the list of symptoms for women. Sudden hiccups that do not go away, shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations and weakness are atypical symptoms that are experienced by many female stroke victims. These can accompany the classic signs and symptoms of a stroke or may be experienced alone.
As a leading provider of hourly and live-in care in Boca Raton, we believe that it is important for seniors and their families to know the stroke warning signs and how to identify them. This can help prevent a stroke from occurring and can also play a role in ensuring the overall health and longevity of a senior or older adult.
If you or an aging parent or loved one have experienced a stroke and need assistance with activities of daily living, contact Home Care Assistance, the Boca Raton home care experts. With the help of our highly trained and compassionate caregivers, seniors can continue to enjoy the comfort of home, focusing on their rehabilitation and recovery while we take on household chores and activities of daily living and provide medication reminders, transportation and monitoring for maximum comfort and support. To request more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact a Care Manager at 561-826-9282 today.