Awareness of Female-Specific Early Stroke Signs Lacking

Share this content:
Awareness of Female-Specific Early Stroke Signs Lacking
Awareness of Female-Specific Early Stroke Signs Lacking

THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women, but many are unaware of warning signs and symptoms that are unique to females, according to a survey conducted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

Of 1,000 women surveyed, the researchers found that only one in 10 were aware that hiccups that occur with unusual chest pain is an early warning sign of stroke in women. Only 11 percent of women polled knew that pregnancy, lupus, migraine headaches, birth-control pills, and hormone replacement therapy increase their stroke risk. "I think we have a ways to go when it comes to educating women about stroke and their unique risk factors," Diana Greene-Chandos, M.D., a neurologist and director of neuroscience critical care, said in a medical center news release.

"Women may have more headaches with their strokes. They actually can have hiccups with a little bit of chest pain with their stroke symptoms, sometimes sending them down the pathway of looking for either heart disease or indigestion," Greene-Chandos said. Nearly half of those surveyed also said they didn't know that following a stroke, many women experience nerve damage, problems swallowing, and depression, which can prevent them from getting needed rehabilitation.

Each year, more than 137,000 Americans die from stroke, about 60 percent of them women, according to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

FDA Permits Marketing of Brain Stimulation Device for OCD

FDA Permits Marketing of Brain Stimulation Device for ...

FDA previously approved transcranial magnetic stimulation for major depression, certain migraines

Comments Open on End of NIH Review for Gene Therapy Studies

Comments Open on End of NIH Review for ...

NIH oversight panel no longer plans to review all applications for gene therapy experiments

U.S. Measles Outbreak Hits 107 Cases in 21 States, D.C.

U.S. Measles Outbreak Hits 107 Cases in 21 ...

Outbreak on track to exceed last year's; most of the people who got measles weren't vaccinated

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »