Signs that warn of a possible stroke in women

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

Major warning signs include sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the face or body.

Sudden severe headaches could be a sign.

(NBC) - Quick treatment is often crucial to surviving a stroke, but a new report finds many women aren't aware of all the signs of a stroke.

In a telephone survey of more than 1,200 women, more than half correctly identified one of the major warning signs, sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the face or body.

Less than half knew other important signs, such as difficulty speaking, sudden severe headache, dizziness, and sudden vision loss. A quarter of Hispanic respondents knew none of the warning signs.

Experts say stroke risk is greatest among racial minority groups, including Hispanics and African-Americans.


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