Strokes and cardiac disease are serious threats to women’s health, killing more than breast cancer every year. A stroke occurs when the brain fails to get enough oxygen, usually as a result of a blood clot or other cardiovascular issue, which can lead to brain damage or death. Women can take simple steps to lower their risks of stroke and heart disease, including getting regular exercise, healthier eating and understanding health numbers like cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Knowing the signs of a stroke can help you to take action early, as faster medical response to a stroke can help prevent long term complications and health issues. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of stroke by clicking on the topics below for information from www.womenshealth.gov.