A stroke (also known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA), cerebrovascular insult (CVI), or brain attack) is when poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death. There are two main types of stroke – ischemic, which occurs due to the lack of blood flow, and hemorrhaging, which occurs due to bleeding. Brain attack usually results in the inability to move or feel on one side of the body, troubles to understanding or speaking, loss of memory, lose of vision on one side etc. Long-term complications caused by stroke include pneumonia and urinary incontinence.

In addition to the most common types of stroke, there is also a transient ischemic attack (TIA), also known as a mini-stroke, which is caused by a temporary clot. The signs and symptoms of TIA can last for a few moments or for 24 hours, but you can’t ignore them in either case, and you must seek emergency medical attention.
Unusual Signs of Stroke in Women That Nobody Talks About

Besides the typical causes for stroke in both men and women, there are some unique factors that increase the risk of stroke only in women. It is very important for every woman to know all the signs and symptoms in order to prevent a stroke from occurring.

HERE ARE THE TYPICAL RISK FACTORS:      

Being overweight
Lack of exercise
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Drug use including cigarette smoking
Diabetes
Cardiovascular disease

HERE ARE THE UNIQUE FACTORS:

Pregnancy
Taking birth control pills
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Suffering migraines with auras
Mental health

Stroke Risk Factors, Categorized by Those That Are Sex-Specific, Stronger or More Prevalent in Women, or Similar Between Women and Men
Risk FactorSex-Specific Risk FactorsRisk Factors That Are Stronger or More Prevalent in WomenRisk Factors With Similar Prevalence in Men and Women but Unknown Difference in Impact
PregnancyX  
PreeclampsiaX  
Gestational diabetesX  
Oral contraceptive useX  
Postmenopausal hormone useX  
Changes in hormonal statusX  
Migraine with aura X 
Atrial fibrillation X 
Diabetes mellitus X 
Hypertension X 
Physical inactivity  X
Age  X
Prior cardiovascular disease  X
Obesity  X
Diet  X
Smoking  X
Metabolic syndrome  X
Depression X 
Psychosocial stress X 

Here are the common symptoms of stroke for both men and women:

Numbness
Confusion
Trouble with vision
Weakness and dizziness
Severe Headaches

Here are unique symptoms of stroke for women:

Fainting
Lack of breath
Changes in behavior
Agitation
Hallucination
Nausea or vomiting
Pain
Seizures
Hiccups

How to Prevent a Stroke:

·         First of all, stop smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol
·         Regular monitoring of blood pressure during pregnancy
·         Get tested for diabetes
·         Check your cholesterol levels
·         Keep a healthy weight
·         Exercise at least 20 minutes per day
·         Be careful with any mood changes. For instance, depression increases the risk of stroke in women
·         Sleep between seven to eight hours per day
·         Cook with olive oil
·         Try to find effective ways to reduce stress

What happens after stroke?

Early detection of stroke can significantly reduce the impact and will prevent long-term damage to the health.
Stroke recovery usually involves rehabilitation therapy and speech therapy to improve skills. In more severe cases, some people may need help to perform everyday tasks like dressing, showering and even eating. Other lifestyle changes include switching to a healthier diet and regular exercising.

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