June 16, 2009 -- Women may be more likely than men to have "nontraditional"
symptoms, especially disorientation, confusion, or loss of consciousness,
according to a new study.
The University of Michigan's Lynda Lisabeth, PhD, and colleagues studied 470
people who were treated at the University of Michigan Hospital for ischemic
(clot-related) stroke or TIA (transient ischemic
attack). They didn't study people who had hemorrhagic (bleeding) strokes.
Most strokes are ischemic. In an ischemic stroke, a blood clot interrupts
the blood supply to part of the brain. A similar thing happens in a TIA; the
symptoms of TIA are similar to a stroke, but they don't last. TIAs are often
called "mini strokes."
Well-known symptoms of stroke or TIA include:
Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg on one side of the
Abrupt loss of vision, strength, coordination,
sensation, speech or the ability to understand speech. These symptoms may
become more marked over time.
Sudden dimness of vision, especially in one eye.
Sudden loss of balance, possibly accompanied by vomiting, nausea, fever, hiccups, or trouble with swallowing.
Sudden and severe headache with no other cause
followed rapidly by loss of consciousness -- indications of a stroke due to