Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

Are stroke symptoms different for men and women?

Though some symptoms of stroke are the same for men and women, there are also some symptoms unique just to women, according to the National Stroke AssociationOff Site Icon (NSA).

The symptoms common among women and men, according to the NSA, include sudden:

  • Confusion, trouble speaking, trouble understanding
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Severe headache with no known reason
  • Trouble seeing from one or both eyes

In addition, women often experience symptoms, according to the NSA, that include sudden:

  • Chest pain
  • Face and limb pain
  • General weakness
  • Hiccups
  • Nausea
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath

If you feel like you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately because with a stroke – even a mini stroke – every second counts, according to the NSA.

For more about symptoms of stroke that men and women experience, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices