One of the most dangerous situations a person can undergo is a stroke. A stroke is dangerous and happens when a person suddenly finds that their body is not sending enough blood to the brain.
This can happen in a variety of ways, but the most common is a blockage in the arteries. This is the same thing that causes heart attacks, so it’s not surprising that the two issues are constantly linked and that research towards them goes together. The blocked arteries will ensure that the brain doesn’t get the blood to function correctly and a stroke will occur.
Many people are unsure about the signs of a stroke. Part of this is because men and women often undergo the symptoms of stroke in slightly different ways. What is a blatant symptom for a man may not occur for a woman who is undergoing a stroke. Because of this, it’s important for people to know the differences when it comes to stroke symptoms.
Symptoms of Stroke in Men
When it comes to symptoms of stroke in men, it’s pretty common for men to experience the major symptoms. Some people refer to these symptoms as the “FAST” acronym of symptoms and action. These symptoms are:
- Face That is Dropping
- Arm Feeling Weak
- Speech Slurring
The final part of FAST is the T, which stands for “Time to call 911”. Essentially as soon as someone feels those symptoms, they need to immediately get medical professionals involved in case of potential death. These symptoms are the most common scenario for a man to realize they are having stroke. They can also have the symptoms listed in the next section under women, however they often aren’t needed due to the obvious nature of the ones already listed.
Symptoms of Stroke in Women
It’s likely that many women will experience those same main symptoms that men undergo when they have a stroke. However, there’s also many other symptoms that could be an obvious sign of brain dysfunction or stroke. Women may also suffer from many of these symptoms:
- Expanded Numbness - In addition to the numbness in the arm, it’s often felt throughout an entire side of the body. This can be in the face, neck, arms or legs.
- Rapid Confusion - A person undergoing a stroke may suddenly find themselves confused about their current situation. They may not realize where they are or what is happening to them.
- Vision Issues - It’s very possible for people to have issues with their vision. The most common type of problem is blurring in one eye, typically on the side of the body that is probably suffering numbness as well. It can also occur in both eyes simultaneously.
- Loss of Balance - People suffering from a stroke will often lose their sense of balance and their sense of coordination. This makes the potential for falls very real.
- Headache - The headache that occurs when suffering a stroke is typically incredibly painful and very sudden. It’s not going to be confused with an everyday stress headache.
- Nausea and Stomach Pain - This is a pretty common symptom of a lot of issues. On its own, most people would miss that this is a symptom of a stroke.
Lifestyle Choices to Prevent Strokes
Strokes aren’t always preventable. Many people may get them without having obvious warning signs ahead of time. Despite this, there are many things a person can do with their lifestyle to ensure that they reduce their risks of stroke.
As with almost any issue, exercising regularly and eating a healthy low fat diet is a great way to reduce the risk of stroke. If someone is obese, they should immediately attempt to use these methods to lose weight down to a healthy level. Obesity typically causes high blood pressure which is a major risk factor as well. Of course, in turn this goes back to a person’s diet once again.
People also need to work on negative factors on their life. Smoking and heavy drinking of alcohol both can be red flags when it comes to stroke. Other people who struggle to deal with stress can also put themselves at risk of stroke. Stress management techniques can have a tangible health benefit.