Men and strokes
Male stroke patterns are generally quicker to spot than in females. However, men are often the least likely to be able to spot signs of a stroke in men. Having a stroke can be common across all male racial groups such African American, Native American, Asian and White Men. In general, men more often experience transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or ‘mini-strokes’ before a potential complete stroke occurs. Signs of a stroke in men often manifest as brain dysfunction including:
- Slurring of speech
- Stomach pain
- Face dropping on one side
- Inability to understand conversation
- Loss of Vision in one or both eyes
The lifetime risk of a stroke is lower in men than for women with general positive recovery outcomes. Men are also less likely to experience long-term disability after the event.
There is life after a stroke
Understanding how strokes operate across genders can make all the difference in how to handle its potential long-term effects. A stroke can occur across all racial and gender groups making continuing research and understanding the conditions of its varying symptoms important front-line tools in lessening its negative effects.
Men and women present symptoms of a stroke differently making it especially important to understand those differences. An ounce of prevention is with a pound of cure, so if you’re at risk from a stroke be sure to include healthy changes into your life that can help prevent a stroke. Such changes could include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Controlling high blood pressure
- Reducing red meat by eating more fish, poultry and organic foods
There is life after a stroke, and knowledge backed by understanding will continue to save lives from a worldwide killer.