Women and men just aren’t the same, particularly when it comes to their health risks. According to everydayhealth.com, the first step to staying healthy is knowing what you’re up against, and then taking the necessary precautions to reduce your risk. The good news is that many of the leading threats to women’s health, which can vary based on a woman’s age and background, are preventable.
Here is one condition to be aware of to maximize your health today:
Stroke poses a significant risk to women’s health in the United States. It’s not only responsible for almost 8 percent of all female deaths, but it’s also the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. And women are more often affected by this condition than men — almost 55,000 more women have strokes each year, and about 60 percent of the total number of stroke deaths happen in women. For this reason, it’s very important that all women learn to recognize the signs of a stroke. Call 911 immediately if you have symptoms of numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg — especially if it’s only on one side of your body; sudden confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; sudden difficulty seeing; dizziness or loss of balance; or an abrupt severe headache.