What Women Need to Know About Strokes and Heart Attacks
How Are Symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke Different for Women?
- The full or partial blockage of an artery as a result of plaque buildup.
- A coronary spasm, in which a coronary artery tightens and cuts off blood flow.
- Ischemic stroke — occurs when blood flow through the artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain becomes blocked.
- Hemorrhagic stroke — caused by a leak or rupture in an artery in the brain.
- Transient ischemic attack — also referred to as a “mini-stroke,” blood flow to the brain is blocked for a short time and is a warning for future stroke
How Does Gender Affect Health Care?
What Can Be Done to Advocate for Women’s Health?
Resources for Further Reading
- Office on Women’s Health — Heart Disease and Stroke
- American Heart Association — Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Women and Heart Disease
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute — Heart Attack Information
- American Stroke Association — Women Have a Higher Risk of Stroke
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Women and Stroke
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke — Stroke Information