Heart and Vascular

Do You Know the Different Stroke Symptoms in Men and Women?

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A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. This “brain attack” can cause brain cells to die, resulting in serious consequences--such as paralysis, trouble speaking, problems thinking clearly, and death.

Symptoms Strike Suddenly

The warning signs of a stroke appear suddenly and are often noticed by others around you. The “classic” symptoms include:

  • Weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg--especially on only one side of the body
  • Poor balance and/or stumbling
  • Dizziness
  • Slurred speech or trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Severe headache with no apparent cause
  • Vision problems in one or both eyes

Incidence, Symptoms Different for Women and Men

When comparing age groups, more men than women have a stroke. However, women are more likely than men to die from a stroke.


Another difference between the genders is that women and men may experience different stroke warning signs. Nontraditional symptoms that women may report include:

  • Hallucination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Disorientation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizures

Spotting all the possible signs of a stroke early on can make a major difference in how much brain damage occurs. Getting to the hospital and receiving treatment within 60 minutes may even prevent serious, long-term problems.


If you or someone you know has any of the symptoms mentioned here, don’t put off getting help. Call 911 right away.

Cutting-Edge Care


Norwalk and Danbury Hospitals are the only facilities in Fairfield County to offer a breakthrough treatment called mechanical thrombectomy to treat ischemic stroke. Watch a short video to learn more.