Every 20 seconds, an Indian suffers a brain stroke, or three every few minutes, and the number increases alarmingly due to changing lifestyles.
At this rate, approximately 1.54 million Indians are affected by
every year, 90% of stroke patients have not been able to
arrive at the hospital at the time.
The lifetime risk of stroke after the age of 55 is 1 in 5
for women and 1 in 6 for men.
These revelations took place at the fourth ongoing convention, which was held in three days.
Society of Neurovascular Intervention (SNVICON) Mumbai 2019, with
international participation, here Saturday.
Eminent speakers said the message was simple but alarming
– that in India, the number of strokes is increasing and that it would not be
to be wrong to say that they are "lifestyle related".
Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon at Breach Candy Hospital
Interventional neurosurgery, Dr. Anil P. Karapurkar said that good health
heart, a healthy brain is important, for which precautions must be taken.
"In case of a heart attack, it's either you left
where you recover. In case of brain attack, you can be gone, you can recover and
go back to normal or become dependent for life, "warned Karapurkar.
He explained that in case of heart attack, there is a half
a dozen basic symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, left shoulder pain
and the upper part of the abdomen, but in case of stroke, the symptoms may vary
side of the brain is affected.
"Stroke is a sudden loss of function of some of the
body. This can happen unexpectedly. The simple rule to follow in case of
"To be fast": balance, eyes, face, arm, speech, time, "he said.
If a person has balance problems, hoarseness
in the voice, sudden loss of vision, dropping an object, dizziness, the first thing to do is
rush him to the hospital without wasting time.
Karapurkar warned that the treatment of strokes could not
start at home and a CT scan or an MRI is needed, and since 2015 the doctors
follow a CT protocol plus angio or MRI plus angio to treat such cases.
The neurological fraternity is now considering
launch a massive outreach program with family physicians and general
practitioners to create more awareness on how to treat with a cerebral stroke
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