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Women & Stroke

A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when part of the brain is temporarily deprived of oxygen-rich blood. Stroke is one of the major causes of disability among women and kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year. Two thirds of American women do not know the symptoms of stroke.

They are: sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one eye or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; double vision; and sudden severe headache with no known cause. The faster you get help, the better your chance of preventing, or limiting, brain damage.

The Lancaster General Health Stroke Center provides complete diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for stroke patients, and provides educational programs for those at risk for stroke. For answers to your questions, phone (717) 544-3170.

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