23 May 2012
Many stroke symptoms are common for both women and men. Nonetheless, women may experience these warning signs suddenly: chest pain, face and limb pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, general weakness, hiccups and nausea, reported the National Stroke Association.
Likewise, certain risk-factors are exclusive to women: birth control medication, pregnancy and Hormone Replacement Therapy for menopause relief. Other risk-factors include high triglyceride levels (blood fat) and excess abdominal fat.
After menopause, a women’s risk of stroke escalates considerably, due to the disappearance of the natural cardiovascular protection from their hormones.
“During this time, blood pressure and cholesterol levels rise at a faster rate, increasing stroke risk,” explained Jan Flewelling, a registered nurse and stroke outreach coordinator for the Methodist Neurological Institute.
Michael Smith, a medical doctor with Life Extension, noted that women with extra belly fat and high triglyceride levels are up to five times as likely to suffer stroke.