Symposium in PGI reveals need for awareness on brain strokes
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Smokers and patients suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure are more prone to brain stroke, but it can be prevented through early treatment. As a stroke does not strike unannounced, it is important to recognise the warning signs before a stroke becomes fatal. The warning signals include visual disturbances, numbness in a part of the limbs, dizziness and slurred speech.
These and many more important facts about brain strokes and their management were discussed at the first annual PGI symposium named "SOS: Strike Out Stroke" organised by the Department of Neurology, PGIMER, today.
The event focused on brain stroke management in an emergency, which requires a coordinated team effort of health care personnel.
Ways to reduce pre-hospital and in-hospital delays and the need for imaging and role of surgery in stroke were discussed. Importance of nursing care was emphasized. The event was attended by a wide spectrum of health care professionals including nurses, internists, neurologists, radiologists, interventionists and neurosurgeons.
Statistics reveal that 1.5 million people suffer from strokes in India each year. Only a negligible number reach medical facilities in time which is because of lack of awareness of stroke-related screening and treatment modalities. Further, brain stroke is the third largest killer in India after heart attack and cancer and the second largest in the world, according to the World Health Organisation. About 20 per cent of heart patients are susceptible to it.
It is believed that the average age of patients with stroke in developing countries is 15 years lower than that in developed countries In India, nearly one-fifth of patients with first ever strokes admitted to hospitals are aged 40 years.
These days, due to sedentary lifestyle and wrong eating habits, stressful jobs, more and more young patients are reaching for medical help for brain strokes, said the doctors.
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