Both men and women can suffer from a stroke. When one does occur, the results can range from having almost no symptoms to causing a fatality. Women may have some unusual symptoms caused by a stroke, and women may not recognize them as being caused by it.
A Transient Ischemic Attack – A Warning
One type of event that often looks like a stroke at first is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA is similar to a stroke in that it involves a stoppage of the blood flow in the brain, but only for a short time. The symptoms will be like that of a stroke, but they will only last for less than 24 hours; and the National Institutes of Health site says that they usually last only one or two hours.
While a TIA is not going to cause any lasting problems, they are a warning that a stroke is about to occur. Two things that people with a TIA need to be aware of is that Stroke.org indicates that as many as 40 percent of people with a TIA will actually have a stroke, and that almost half of all strokes occur within just a couple of days after having a TIA.
Symptoms of Stroke or TIA
Because both a stroke and a TIA are caused by the blockage of the flow of blood in the brain, the symptoms are going to be the same. The difference is that, in a TIA, the symptoms are not going to last long. The symptoms that will occur suddenly are:
- Changes in vision
- Trouble speaking
- Trouble understanding even simple statements
- Problems with balance or walking
- Numbness or weakness
- Inability to move limbs or facial muscles – especially on one side
When women have a stroke, there may be some different kinds of symptoms. Instead of some of the above symptoms, WomensHealth.gov reports that they may experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Pressure in the chest, or pain
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Sudden hiccups
- Sudden nausea
- Sudden tiredness