How to Spot Warning Signs of a Stroke

New study finds many women in the dark about the warning signs of a stroke.
3:00 | 03/23/14

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To a medical alert for women when it comes to stroke. A new study finding women saying they quickly call 911 if they knew they were having a stroke. The problem is doctors say they too often don't recognize the symptom toppings. You said this study was not a surprise to you. It was not, David. My own mother, thankfully she is okay. And she learned a very valuable lesson. This is my mom. Three years ago she had a stroke except she didn't know it. When I woke up my right hand felt as though I had been sleeping on it. It was in a sore position and that was the only real symptom I had. It was a full 24 hours before she went to the hospital delaying important treatment. Turns out her experience is common. While a stroke is the third leading cause of death for women in the U.S. The new study finds many women are in the dark. Only about 20% able to identify severe headache. Unexplained dizziness and loss of vision. Would you consider stroke as a possibility? No I would have thought I was under lot of stress. I don't think I would consider stroke as a factor. And one in five couldn't identify a single symptom. For my mom, she's completely better. I waited a whole night. So go right away if you have any inflammation. Now also better informed. When it comes to recognizing the warning signs doctors say women tend to have more subtle symptoms and women tend to dismiss them.

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