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How do you know if you are having a stroke?

For heart & stroke awareness.When you wear red be proud and send out positive vibes to our sisters with heart disease.

When I saw my little red dress pin I thought it was the cutest thing and I wore it as often as I could. Like many things, it has been lost but I still remember it and what it stands for. 

Which brings me to todays' topic how do you recognize that you are having a heart attack or a stroke?

Women may report symptoms not often associated with strokes in men. These can include:
  • nausea or vomiting
  • seizures
  • hiccups
  • trouble breathing
  • pain
  • fainting or loss of consciousness
  • general weakness
Because these symptoms are unique to women, it may be difficult to immediately connect them to stroke. This can delay treatment, which may hinder recovery.
Odd behaviours, such as sudden drowsiness, can also indicate a stroke. Clinicians call these symptoms “altered mental status.”
These symptoms include:
  • unresponsiveness
  • disorientation
  • confusion
  • sudden behavioural change
  • agitation
  • hallucination
Researchers in a 2009 study found that altered mental status was the most common nontraditional symptom. About 23 percent of women and 15 percent of men reported altered mental status related to stroke. Although both men and women can be affected, women are about 1.5 times more likely to report at least one nontraditional stroke symptom.
If you experience even one of the following call 911 immediately!
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
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