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Stroke symptoms

Some stroke symptoms are unique in women

  • Sudden face and limb pain
  • Sudden hiccups
  • Sudden nausea
  • Sudden general weakness
  • Sudden chest pain
  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Sudden heart palpitations

Common stroke symptoms seen in both men and women include:

  • 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 in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause
lady with neck pain

Many factors influence your risk for stroke, including heredity, age, race and lifestyle choices. Conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure and high cholesterol raise the risk of stroke. Major lifestyle factors that can increase your risk of stroke include:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Lack of exercise or physical activity
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Drug abuse, especially cocaine or intravenous drugs