Gender differences in stroke symptoms

June 15, 2009 9:28:06 AM PDT
Women may be more likely than men to suffer certain non-traditional symptoms of stroke. Some of the main warning signs of stroke are sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; trouble speaking, blurred vision and sudden dizziness.

The new study included 461 stroke patients. Most of the women had at least one of these traditional symptoms. However, more than half also had one or more non-traditional symptom such as disorientation or confusion.

Compared with men, women were 42 percent more likely to suffer a non-traditional symptom. But only 3 percent of women experienced solely atypical symptoms. That, the researchers write, suggests that most female stroke sufferers will have at least one of the traditional warning signs.

This study is in the Stroke Journal of the American Heart Association.


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