Women Often Miss Signs of Stroke
Many don’t know the facts and don’t recognize the symptoms, U.S. survey reveals
A new online survey of U.S. women finds only about one in four women aged 25 to 75 can name more than two primary symptoms of stroke.
This is important because researchers say it takes longer for women than men to seek medical care at the hospital after a stroke, and researchers think lack of awareness about symptoms may cause even worse delays.
The survey also found that women think that breast cancer is five times more common than stroke (women are actually twice as likely to die of stroke than breast cancer), and 40 percent of women surveyed weren’t very concerned about experiencing a stroke.
In general, women surveyed weren’t aware that women suffer more strokes than men, and one-quarter said they didn’t believe stroke could happen at any age.