Why symptoms are different
If you’re at risk for a stroke, one acronym could save your life: FAST, developed by the American Stroke Association (ASA), which stands for Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call 911. But these aren’t the only or even most obvious stroke symptoms in women, says Cheryl Bushnell, MD, professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “We have no idea why the stroke symptoms in women are different. We need research on this topic.” Women also have unique risk factors—their hormones can play a role—making stroke the third leading cause of death in women. In Canada, heart disease and stroke claim the life of a woman every 17 minutes, reports the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.