5 Unexpected Stroke Symptoms Women Shouldn't Overlook

Some of the most common symptoms of stroke—weakness on one side of your body, facial drooping and difficulty speaking—are hard to miss. But what if there were everyday symptoms that could spell trouble, too? Turns out, for women especially, there are unique symptoms that may fly under the radar of predictable stroke signs.

And because more than 100,000 women under 65 will have a stroke this year, women of all ages should take note. After all, when a stroke occurs, getting treatment ASAP can make all the difference (thanks to advanced clot-busting medicine that can be given within 3 hours after symptoms start).

So if you notice one of these 5 subtle symptoms, make sure you don’t just brush it off and wait for it to pass (act F.A.S.T.):

1.    Hiccups: While hiccups may seem harmless enough—they are just spasms of the diaphragm—if they come out of nowhere and they’re extra intense (painful/severe), this could be a sign of stroke.

2.    Headache: Typical headaches—like tension and sinus—aren’t cause for concern. But if you have a horrendous headache that comes on suddenly (especially if you don’t have a history of headaches), this could be a stroke symptom.

3.    Vision changes: Contrary to popular belief, stroke doesn’t only cause symptoms on one side of the body. For example, changes in vision won’t just occur in one eye, instead the same problem will occur in both eyes (e.g., neither eye can see to the right or both eyes experience double vision).

4.    Nausea: One of the most common signs of a stroke is loss of coordination, which typically leads to dizziness and imbalance. So if you suddenly feel nauseous, coupled with numbness or weakness, it may mean stroke.

5.    Confusion: We’ve all those moments when you just can’t seem to think of the right word—maybe it’s just been a long day. However, if you can’t seem to speak or understand others, this is likely a sign of stroke (or another urgent, neurological condition).

 Comprehensive care when you need it most.

There is no doubt that stroke is scary, but with a comprehensive stroke program at Gwinnett Medical Centers Emergency Department, your customized care will begin the moment you call 911. With GMC’s Stroke Alert process you will be placed in a dedicated stroke unitwith a team of specialty-trained experts.

You will receive a personalized treatment plan tailored to suit your unique needs. This may include tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which is the only FDA-approved clot-busting medicine. Even after you have a stroke, GMC offers an extensive range of treatment options and services to ensure the best health outcome possible.

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