Stroke Symptoms
Thursday, September 24, 2009

A study by Michigan researchers has found that women experience non-traditional stroke symptoms such as altered mental status, disorientation and loss of consciousness, more often than men. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the research in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Women may be more likely than men to have nontraditional stroke symptoms, especially disorientation, confusion or loss of consciousness.

Michigan researchers studied 470 people who were treated for ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack.

Most of the stroke or TIA patients experienced traditional stroke symptoms or a combination of traditional and nontraditional stroke symptoms. Only 4 percent of the women and 3 percent of the men had only nontraditional stroke symptoms.

Nontraditional stroke symptoms were reported by 52 percent of the women compared to 44 percent of the men.

Researchers concluded that women were 42 percent more likely than men to report at least one nontraditional TIA or stroke symptom.

Mental status change was the most common nontraditional stroke symptom, which was reported by 23 percent of the women and 15 percent of the men.

Stroke is a medical emergency, so call 911 if you or someone you know experiences stroke symptoms. And do so as soon as possible – clot-busting drugs must be given as soon as possible.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.