Seeking Early Treatment Could Be a Stroke of Luck For Women
A recent study conducted at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston shows that women who have experienced a stroke take an average of 46% longer to seek emergency medical care than men. Doctors believe this may be due to the misconception that stroke is a "man's disease."
"For some reason, women often feel that they're just experiencing anxiety, or they're told that their symptoms are probably hormonal and will go away," comments Dr. Jeffrey H. Frye, Director of Uniontown Hospital's Emergency Department. "But I would urge all women - and men - who have symptoms of stroke to at least call their private physician immediately. Better yet, come directly to the emergency room."
For patients who do exhibit the warning symptoms of stroke, the Uniontown Emergency Department is equipped with a state-of-the-art Spiral CT Scanner which can detect evidence of a previous stroke or bleeding. For a select few patients, "thrombolytic" drugs may also be administered to limit the damage due to stroke, but only within 3 hours after symptoms first appear.
Warning signs include numbness or paralysis on one side of the body, blurry vision or loss of vision, severe headache, sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech, dizziness or loss of balance and coordination.Return to LEARN MORE