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Since women are generally older when they have strokes, they are more likely to die as a result. Knowing symptoms of stroke and getting medical help quickly can greatly reduce brain damage caused by a stroke. Getting treatment within three hours from when symptoms begin can prevent disability. Learn the signs of stroke.
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Age Page: Stroke — This fact sheet provides information on strokes and offers tips for stroke prevention. It also gives a list of warning signs for stroke.
Brain Basics: Preventing Stroke — This brochure provides information on stroke prevention. It includes stroke warning signs, an explanation of risk factors, and a description of treatable risk factors.
Caring for Someone After a Stroke (Copyright © American Heart Association) — This fact sheet provides information on what a caregiver's role is when caring for someone who has had a stroke. It also provides information on where to go for help if you are feeling overwhelmed by your caregiving responsibilities.
Don't Wait for It to Happen to You: Reducing Your Risk of Stroke (Copyright © American Heart Association) — This booklet provides information on working with your doctor to reduce your chance of stroke before it is too late. It addresses risk assessment, lifestyle changes you can make, and what to do when you have symptoms of stroke.
Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time. — This publication features information on what a stroke is, the signs and symptoms of stroke, and what can be done to prevent a stroke.
Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Fact Sheet — This fact sheet provides ways in which rehabilitation is used help survivors become as independent as possible and to attain the best possible quality of life.
Sex After Stroke: Our Guide to Intimacy After Stroke (Copyright © American Stroke Association) — This brochure is a guide to intimacy after stroke. Sexual issues are among the most important in recovery, but they can be the hardest for stroke survivors and their partners to discuss. This booklet gives facts about fears and concerns, timing for resuming sexual activity, special physical challenges, sexual positions, alternative ways to make love, and more.
Stroke Rehabilitation (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) — This online fact sheet provides information on stroke rehabilitation, what it is, and why it is necessary after having a stroke. Stroke rehabilitation is a very important part of recovery for many people who have had a stroke. It helps build strength, coordination, endurance, and confidence.
Women and Stroke: Unique Symptoms in Women (Copyright © American Stroke Association) — This fact sheet discusses symptoms of stroke in both women and men and also explains some unique signs and symptoms for women experiencing a stroke.
Connect with other organizations
American Stroke Association
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, HHS
National Institute on Aging, NIH, HHS
National Stroke Association
Women's Heart Foundation
Content last updated August 12, 2010.
Resources last updated August 12, 2010.
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