In a review published last Thursday (18/8) in the scientific journal Circulation, the American Heart Association (AHA), an American organization aimed at disseminating information about cardiovascular diseases, listed the symptoms resulting from a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA). The document also explains that the signs can manifest differently between men and women.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked, causing part of the brain to lack enough oxygen to function normally. The health problem happens abruptly and suddenly, and it is necessary to seek immediate medical attention.
Occurrences like this have killed more and more females. According to data from the Brazilian Society of Cardiology, between 2010 and 2015 there was an increase in the number of deaths of women from stroke, while the deaths of men fell.
Attention to the signs of a stroke is essential to seek medical help as soon as possible. For this, it is important to know the different ways that the disease acts in the body. To that end, the AHA has listed the symptoms of stroke.
According to the review, women are more likely to experience symptoms that are non-focal, meaning that they are not related to a specific area of the brain. Among them are:
- Altered mental state;
- With the;
- Stupor: A state of deep unconsciousness of the body, which is only aroused by vigorous stimulation.
Atypical signs of stroke
According to the AHA, recent studies have shown that new symptoms are being attributed to stroke in both genders. Check out:
- Partial sensory deficit: inability to feel touch and pain;
- Vertigo: loss of balance caused by the sensation of spinning;
- Double vision: seeing two images of a single object.
The association recognizes that further studies are needed to understand the aforementioned signs. Race, ethnicity, age and type of stroke should also be considered to better understand the disease.
Among the signs most reported by patients at the time of stroke, whether men or women, are:
- Numbness or weakness in the face and limbs, usually on one side of the body
- Difficulty speaking;
- Difficulty walking;
- Change in vision in one or both eyes.
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