Most Women Don’t Know Female-Specific Stroke Signs

National survey: women are largely unaware of many symptoms and risks of strokes

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Most women don`t know female-specific risks or important symptoms when it comes to having a stroke, according to a survey released by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The survey found that only 11 percent could identify female-specific risks and nine out of 10 didn`t know that hiccups can be an early warning symptom of a stroke. Details here: bit.ly/1H9QDVV

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) May 2015 – A new national survey shows that most women don’t know the risks or symptoms females face when it comes to having a stroke. The survey, released by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, found that only 11 percent of women could identify female-specific risk factors for stroke from a list and nine out of 10 weren’t aware that hiccups combined with chest pain are among the early warning signs of a stroke in women.

“I think we have a ways to go when it comes to educating women about stroke and their unique risk factors,” said Dr. Diana Greene-Chandos, a neurologist and director of neuroscience critical care at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “Things like pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy and even something as trivial as a case of the hiccups can all play an important role when it comes to strokes in women, and we need to be more aware of it,” she said.

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Most women don`t know female-specific risks or important symptoms when it comes to having a stroke, according to a survey released by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The survey found that only 11 percent could identify female-specific risks and nine out of 10 didn`t know that hiccups can be an early warning symptom of a stroke. Details here: bit.ly/1H9QDVV

Callie Earliwine plays with her young daughter at their home in West Virginia, just weeks after suffering a minor stroke. Earliwine says she`d experienced migraines, hearing loss and tremors, but never suspected they were the warning signs of a stroke. A national survey released by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that the majority of women who were asked couldn`t identify female risks or symptoms of a stroke. Details: bit.ly/1H9QDVV

Callie Earliwine checks on a patient at Ohio Valley Medical Center in West Virginia where she works as a critical care nurse. Earliwine recently suffered a minor stroke while at work, and though there were plenty of warning signs, she didn`t recognize the risks or symptoms. That`s a common problem among women according to a new national survey released by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. To learn more about the survey and the signs of a stroke that women should watch for, click here: bit.ly/1H9QDVV

Callie Earliwine assumed that her migraine headaches and hand tremors were due to the stress of working as a critical care nurse. Instead, they were the early warning signs of a stroke. Despite her medical training, Earliwine says it was easy to overlook the risks and symptoms of a stroke, and a new national survey released by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center shows it`s a common theme among women. In the survey, only 11 percent of women could identify female-specific risks of a stroke and most didn`t know hiccups and chest pains can be signs of trouble. Details here: bit.ly/1H9QDVV

Dr. Diana Greene-Chandos looks at data from a national survey of women about strokes. The survey, released by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, found that most women aren`t aware of the risks or symptoms that a female experiences when it comes to stroke. To learn more about the survey and signs women should watch for, click here: bit.ly/1H9QDVV