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HeartSmart: women may experience some stroke symptoms differently than men

A recent study* of 1,124 people who had a stroke found that women may report stroke symptoms differently from men which could cause them to delay seeking treatment. Researchers found that women were somewhat more likely to report having nontraditional stroke symptoms, such as pain (including headache) and a change in the level of consciousness. Men were more likely to report having traditional stroke symptoms, such as paralysis on one side of the body and speech problems.

You have only a short window of opportunity from the time a stroke begins to get treatment that may improve your ability to function later. It's important to recognize the symptoms of a stroke so that you can act fast.

*Annals of Emergency Medicine, 11/02