Symptoms of a Stroke in Women vs Men Men and women who have strokes often feel similar symptoms such as face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. Other common signs include problems seeing out of one or both eyes and balance or coordination problems. But some women have symptoms subtle enough to be missed or brushed off.
In general, men and women face the same stroke symptoms, including sudden onset of: However, women often report these additional stroke symptoms: The way men and women tend to react to their symptoms also is notably different. Men are infamous for minimizing their symptoms.
Women and men are similar in many ways, but not when it comes to stroke risk and symptoms. The good news for women is that they generally live longer than men. The less than great news is that the risk for stroke increases with age, which means that women typically have a higher stroke risk.