Only Half Of U.S. Women Can Spot Stroke Symptoms
A new study found only half of American women can spot bodily weakness as a sign of a stroke. Even fewer recognize other symptoms.By Amy Kluber | March 20, 2014
Almost 800,000 Americans have a stroke every year, but according to a recent report, only about half of women can spot the symptoms of one.
The study — published in the journal Stroke — surveyed more than 1,200 women about their knowledge of stroke symptoms. According to the results, 51 percent knew a stroke can cause weakness on one side of the body, 44 percent identified speech impairment as a symptom, and only 18 percent acknowledged loss of vision as a symptom.
That makes 1 in 5 women who can't identify a single symptom of a stroke, even though it affects about 55,000 more women than men each year.