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Stroke-women1 in 5 U.S. Women Can't Identify a Single Warning Sign of a Stroke
 

A study published Wednesday in the journal Stroke found that 1 in 5 U.S. women could not identify a single warning sign of a stroke. Each moment that passes without treatment increases the likelihood of permanent damage or death.

Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death among Americans and the third among women, affecting roughly 55,000 more women than men each year.

Classic symptoms of a stroke are:Stroke_signs

  • A drooping face
  • Speech difficulty
  • Weakness or numbness in one arm

Less common, more ambiguous symptoms are:

  • A sudden onset of dizziness
  • Severe headache
  • Vision Loss

Symptoms of a stroke vary from person to person, so it's important to recognize not just one or two of the warning signs, but all of them.  The most important thing to remember and watch for is "if there is an abrupt change neurologically - any abrupt change which could indicate a stroke needs to be taken seriously."

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March1HeadShot.12.31.12Lori Greenhill RN BSN, the CEO of Concierge Services/Nurses of Augusta, is a legal nurse consultant assisting attorneys who handle medical malpractice and personal injury cases. She serves as the President for the Greater Augusta Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) and is also the VP of the BNI-RPH Chapter. Lori firmly believes in “Givers Gain” by utilizing her experience to help nurses, healthcare, and businesses professionals to grow their businesses.

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