Several months ago, my elementary school teacher was diagnosed to get stroke. It was quite shocking, especially because she never showed any symptoms indicating that she was sick. Another thing that made us more surprised was that we never heard women had stroke symptoms. Well, it turned out that we held a wrong opinion. Actually, women also had the same risk of stroke as that of men. What, how, and why? Let us discuss it further.
What is stroke?
Stroke is actually a health problem which occurs from the brain. The dead brain cells and brain damage are responsible to cause this health problem to occur. This is due to blood clot which obstructs the blood flow to the brain area causing the brain loses amount of oxygen supply. This type of stroke is called ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke is common to happen.
But the belief that women have lesser risk to get stroke is actually false. Larry Goldstein, MD, who works as a neurologist of Duke University says that women have the same risk of stroke. But, they tend to show vague symptoms, so they need deep analysis to diagnose that they have stroke. Therefore, they do not require significant medication to treat their health problem. So, women should be aware of their health too.
A research even shows that women whose ages are 45 to 54 have twice greater risk to have stroke compared to men. Why? Because women have greater possibility to have blood clot, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol level. Especially because they tend to develop fat on the stomach.
The symptoms of stroke on women
Women who easily get fainted have greater possibility to develop stroke symptoms. There are several symptoms that can be indicated as stroke.
- Communication problem related to difficulty to speak and understand speech
- Numbness on the face, arm, or leg which occurs suddenly and even attacks on a side of the body
- Problem to see using one or both eyes which appears suddenly
- Severe headache
- High heartbeat rate
- Easily get fainted
- Losing body balance and coordination
- Problem of breathing and aching on the chest
If you find those symptoms, consult the doctor immediately. You need to treat the problem as soon as possible to keep fatal result from appearing. Besides that, you can check it by smiling, raising your arms, and speaking.
Prevention is better
You need to remember that stroke can be prevented. What you need to do is maintaining your blood pressure and cholesterol level. If you have heart disease or diabetes, you need to pay more attention to your health because those diseases are likely to develop the risk of stroke. Starting from now, eat more healthy food, quit smoking, have more exercise, and manage your weight. Try to limit alcohol consumption, drink only one glass a day. It will be better if you can drink less or do not drink at all. Make sure that you reduce your stress as well.