Having a Stroke? Most Women Can’t Tell

With stroke, getting treatment as soon as possible is crucial to recovery – and yet most U.S. women don’t know most of stroke’s warning signs, new research shows. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Stroke, found that 1 in 5 women didn’t know a single symptom of having a stroke. Hispanic women were even less likely to know the warning signs – 1 in 4 couldn’t name any of them. Although 84 percent of women knew to call 911 …

Treating ‘Wake-Up’ Strokes: Clot-Busting Drugs May Help

They’re called “wake-up strokes” because you go to bed feeling normal, then wake up with stroke symptoms. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for doctors to determine exactly when the stroke began  – and clot-dissolving drugs have been considered effective only if given within 4 1/2 hours of when a stroke started. But preliminary research shows that clot-busting treatments appear to be safe for wake-up strokes if patients can get to the emergency room quickly, according to a new study presented …