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Most Women Don't Know Warning Signs of Stroke

Hispanic women are least likely to recognize when it is time to call 911, researchers report

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Mochari-Greenberger said younger women should learn the warning signs, too. "Stroke might be on the rise among young women. Young women have the opportunity to prevent stroke among themselves and to recognize when other people are having one and know to call 911," she said.

The heart association issued new guidelines for women and stroke in February. Guidelines author Dr. Ileana Pina, a professor of medicine and epidemiology & population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, said, "We still need a tremendous amount of research to better understand stroke in women. And the fact that the knowledge base is still lagging behind, particularly in the minority groups -- in Hispanics -- shows we need to do a better job on education."

Mochari-Greenberger and her colleagues were to present their findings Wednesday at an American Heart Association scientific sessions meeting, in San Francisco. The study is also being published online March 19 in the journal Stroke.

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