According to a survey conducted by Dr. Greene-Chandos and her colleagues at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the findings stated that only 10 percent of women surveyed knew that hiccups, combined with atypical chest pains, are early stroke symptoms in women. “Hiccups are consistent with posterior circulation problems from the brain stem,” said Dr. Greene-Chandos. The ability to swallow and the drive to breathe derive from the brain stem, along with other functions.
12. Sudden Behavioral Changes or Agitation
According to a report by the University of Michigan, women are twice as likely to report non-traditional symptoms. The most commonly reported, compared to men, was a shift in mental state. Such a shift could be consistent with a posterior circulation stroke, says Dr. Greene-Chandos, which can also target the areas responsible for memory and personality. The frontal lobe is also tied to personality, thus behavior change “could be due to a frontal lobe stroke as well,” said Dr. Greene-Chandos.
11. Nausea or Vomiting
Vomiting, dizziness, and nausea are known symptoms of a stroke in the cerebellum, says Dr. Greene-Chandos. “This is consistent with posterior circulations problems from either the brain stem or the cerebellum,” she says. It may also be present with intracranial hemorrhage strokes, in which an aneurysm (a bulging blood vessel burst) causes bleeding into the brain.Related: Clear Your Arteries Naturally by Following These 7 Steps