MARCH 2019 NEWS IN STROKE​

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT/GANT NEWS

While stroke symptoms are the same in men and women, women may experience more subtle signs:

Sleepiness or confusion; fatigue;  malaise and nausea; vague sense of “feeling funny”; tingling sensation or numbness in any part of the body; weakness in any part of the body; dizziness; balance, walking or coordination problems; behavior changes; memory loss.

 Stokes happen to 1 in 5 women. Nearly 60% of stroke deaths occur in women. Women don’t realize that you are twice as likely to have problems with a stroke as you are to have breast cancer.

Women have some unique risk factors of which they should be aware:

 

Pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia or high blood pressure can increase risk for many years even beyond childbearing age.

Smoking in combination while taking combination birth control pills

HRT – hormone replacement therapy

Having migraines with aura

Having Atrial Fibrillation – more common in women

 

INTERNATIONAL STROKE CONFERENCE

Stroke incidence has not significantly changed between 2010 and 2015, nor did the discrepancy in stroke incidence between black and white adults. In 2010 310 strokes per 100,000 occurred in the black population and 184 strokes per 100,000 occurred in the white population. In 2015 the numbers were 306 and 172 per 100,000 indicating little change. 

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