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Monday June 3, 2013
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Regarding the April 30 article “Many stroke patients don’t arrive by ambulance” (www.Nurse.com/Article/Stroke-Ambulance): Stroke symptoms may present differently in women than in men, and if these symptoms were more widely publicized they could help people make more informed decisions about whether or not to call an ambulance.

The incidence of women who experience strokes is rising, and the consequences of their strokes often are more serious. The following is a list of important stroke symptoms normally presented by women: sudden hiccups, sudden nausea, sudden face and/or limb pain, sudden chest pain or sudden general weakness.

Please mention these symptoms, along with the other classic symptoms, to include a high-risk population in this important health education.

— Anna Tran, nursing student, San Francisco