Women can’t afford to be complacent about strokes

Particular fears have been raised that many women are far from familiar with some of the less common symptoms of a stroke.

A team of scientists in Australia this week warned that many women had a tendency to think that strokes – one of the leading causes of brain injury in both sexes – were something that men should be more worried about.

Given this misconception, they may be less likely to seek medical attention – particularly if their symptoms are slightly different from the paralysis or difficulty speaking which the public tends to be most familiar with.

In fact, various studies have confirmed that women are more likely to suffer a stroke than men.

While it is true that males tend to be in greater danger of having a stroke at a younger age, women have a number of unique risk factors – notably the hypertension that can develop during a pregnancy and the onset of pre-eclampsia.

Professor Anushka Patel, from the George Institute for Global Health, said: “We tend to decide what are typical symptoms – whether it’s for heart attack or stroke – around what happens to men, because men are most researched.

“Weakness on one side of the body is not the only sign for stroke. If you’ve got unexplained symptoms, recurrent or abnormal symptoms that might represent heart attack or stroke you should get them checked out.”

Symptoms that women should be particularly mindful of include general weakness, fatigue and changes in their mental state.

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