Women and Stroke

In addition to experiencing hallmark signs such as face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty, women often have unique stroke symptoms. These can include fainting; general weakness; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; confusion or disorientation; hallucinations; and nausea or vomiting - Tate Gunnerson

Women and Stroke

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Start Early To Cut Women's Stroke Risk

Women are at greater risk for strokes than men, and for the first time women and their doctors have evidence-based guidelines on how to reduce that risk.

"The take-home here is really about starting prevention earlier," says Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, an associate professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and lead author of the guidelines published Thursday in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association.

"For the most part the focus of our guideline is for women who are thinking about getting pregnant," Bushnell tells Shots. That includes women who are trying to avoid getting pregnant by using birth control pills, and women who are trying to…

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