What are the first signs of a stroke in women? This article shows us 5 signs that everyone should know.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is a sudden lack of blood circulation in certain areas of the brain, also known as ischemia in medicine. This deficient blood flow results either from the sudden blockage of a blood vessel or it occurs when a vessel ruptures, resulting in heavy bleeding in certain areas of the brain. As a result, the nerve cells receive too little oxygen and nutrients and thus stop functioning. So-called transient ischemic attacks (TIA) are short-term neurological failures and brain functions are fully restored within 24 hours. Whoever suffers a TIA is thirteen times more at risk of suffering a stroke.
High cholesterol – risk factor for a stroke
An increased amount of cholesterol first starts to deposit on the vessel walls and, together with calcium deposits, causes the dreaded arteriosclerosis. Cholesterol is a vital fat component of blood for humans. It is the chemical basis for the formation of numerous hormones. It is not the cholesterol itself that is harmful, but the excess cholesterol represents a health risk for the body.
Similar to high blood pressure, the cholesterol deposits on the vessels go unnoticed by the patient and are only detected when the vessels are so narrowed that a reduced blood flow occurs up to a block.
Here too, a change in lifestyle (a change in diet, increased sporting activity) is an important means of lowering excessive cholesterol levels.
The first signs of stroke in women
Indications you may be having a stroke:
- Sudden Deafness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden Confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding
- suddenly severe headache without known cause
Sudden vision problems or blurred vision in one or both eyes
sudden walking, dizziness, impaired balance or coordination
You should never wait longer than five minutes to select 1-1-2 if you see any of the above characters. Remember, you may have a stroke even if you don’t have all the symptoms. And don’t forget to check the time. The responding emergency doctor or the emergency medical assistant in the hospital must know when the first symptom has occurred.
Stroke is not only the No. 4 cause of death in our country, but also one of the main causes of severe, long-term disability.
Therefore it is important to to act immediately.
Studies show that patients taking an anticoagulant or thrombolytic within three hours of their first stroke can reduce long-term ischaemic stroke disability – the most common form, which accounts for about 87 percent of all cases.