Dr. Philip Meyers, from the Endovascular Center, did a segment on NPR’s show It’s Your Health recently with host Lisa Davis. He spoke about his specialized field, endovascular neuroradiology, and about the treatment and prevention of stroke.
The interview was largely focused on a large study recently put out by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) on stroke and women’s health. The paper by Louise McCullough, M.D., Ph.D., et. al. distills data from a vast body of literature on stroke and women and offers new guidelines for reducing stroke risks unique to women.
“Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Dr. Meyers. “It affects more women than men. Four hundred twenty five thousand women suffer from stroke each year. According to the AHA paper, most women aren’t aware of that fact, nor what the risk factors are for stroke. They reported that only 27% of women could name more than two symptoms of stroke. We need more education geared toward women.”
Understanding risk factors, such as obesity, can have an important baring on future health and the prevention of stroke. Recognizing stroke symptoms and getting treatment early offers the best chance to prevent death and minimize disability.
According to Dr. Meyers, “One of the most important places for women to start is with their primary care physician. Even very young women. They need to know what the symptoms of stroke are. In addition to the more classic symptoms such as limb weakness and difficulty speaking, women can have unusual symptoms such as hiccups, sudden face and limb pain, an asymmetrical smile, or chest pain.”
Find out more about stroke here.
You can also find Dr. Meyers’ interview on NPR here. According to Lisa Davis, the podcast of her interview with Dr. Meyers had more than 20,000 unique listeners within the first week. (We apologize but the link no longer exists on NPR.)
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