Stroke and the Sexes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/25/02

Stroke and the Sexes

Researchers at several universities including the University of Texas at Houston studied the medical records from more than 1,000 stroke patients. They found that men are more likely to report an imbalance or paralysis on one side of the body. But women are more likely to experience non-traditional symptoms of a stroke like pain in the face or arms and a loss of consciousness or just disorientation.

Researchers say their findings should alert doctors and patients to look for non traditional stroke symptoms in women to help them avoid delays in getting treatment. Researchers say women were also more likely than men to report other nontraditional symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath, while men were somewhat more likely to have problems with their ability to walk.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in American adults, and the third leading cause of death. Previously, studies have show that women who have a stroke are more likely to die than men, or if they survive, more likely to have a poor outcome the study is published in the November issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine and was conducted by specialists from the University of Michigan Health System and the University of Texas at Houston.

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