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October 04, 2018 Thursday 11:08:19 AM IST

STROKE IS CAUSED by a blocked blood vessel or bleeding in the brain. The signs of a stroke include a sudden and severe headache, weakness, numbness, vision problems, confusion, trouble walking or talking, dizziness, and slurred speech. It Stroke is a devastating and debilitating disease condition that can not only destroy the lives of patients the afflicted, but also of their families and dependants.

 The Burden of a Stroke

·        Strokes are the third third-most common cause of death worldwide.

·        Every  sixth person we meet today will is likely to suffer from a stroke in their lifetime.

·        Every 40 seconds, one person in India is stricken by a develops stroke in India.

·        Out of 100 people affected by a stroke, 1/3a third dies.

·        Every 4 minutes, I one-person in India die of stroke in India.

·        How to know that someone is having a stroke?

·        The ‘F.A.S.T is the acronym helps you quickest spot if someone is having a stroke way. It's the acronyms an easy way to learn the key signs of a stroke and what to do when you see them. Remember these four things that start with the letters F, A, S, and T:

·        Face drooping. Ask the person to smile, and observe him or her closely. Is it the smile uneven,Does it drooping on one side? If the answer is "‘yes"’ to either any of these two questions it is a sign of stroke.

·        Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both their arms in the air. If one arm drifts downward, that's another sign.

·        Speech difficulty. Ask the person to say something very simple. Is the speech slurred? Is it hard to understand comprehend? If it is a "‘yes"’ to any either of these the questions could it means they're having a stroke.

·        Time to go to a Specialist Hospital. If you see any one of these signs, immediately rush to the nearest Hospital with facilities for stroke treatment. Note the time, too. Most strokes are caused by a clot. When that's the case, the clot dissolving drug needs to be given within 4 hours.

Other Warning Signs

·        Confusion. The person might have a hard time understanding comprehending you, or they might even have trouble getting their words out speaking clearly.

·        Vision. There is a likely impairment Problems seeing out of in one or both eyes.

·        Severe headache. for no obvious or clear reason.

·        Loss of balance. There is Trouble with walking and maintaining balance.

What to Do When You Spot a Stroke?

With some health problems, it’s fine to take adopt a wait-and-see watch approach.

But when it comes to a stroke, you don'’t have a second to spare. A Stroke cuts off blood flow and oxygen to the brain, and to stay healthy, your brain needs a steady supply of both. The longer it goes without them, the more brain cells die and the more damage you have. Quick treatment can save your life and prevent long-term problems.

Strike Off Stroke SOS Campaign.

This is an initiative of Rajagiri Hospital to create awareness and alleviate the sufferings of patients with stroke.

How SOS works

·    Helps the common man to identify symptoms of stroke

·    Creates awareness of how patients can reach a comprehensive Stroke centre

·    Educating the patients regarding the treatment options available

·    Offer treatment assistance to those in need

·    Create patient support groups

·    Offer training to nurses and medical personnel

·    Stroke -SOME MYTHS & FACTS

·    MYTH: Stroke cannot be prevented.

·    FACT: Up to 80 percent% of strokes are preventable.

·    MYTH: There is no treatment for stroke.

·    FACT: At any sign of stroke  rush stroke, rush to the nearest Stroke speciality Hospital .hospital. Every second matters.

·    MYTH: Stroke only affects only the elderly.

·    FACT: Stroke can happen to anyone at any time.

·    MYTH: Stroke happens in the heart.

·    FACT: Stroke is a "‘brain attack"’.

·    MYTH: Stroke recovery only happens for the first few months after a stroke.

·    FACT: Stroke recovery is a lifelong process.

·    MYTH: Strokes are rare.

·    FACT: Stroke is the 3rdthirdleading cause of death and disability after Heart disease and Cancer.

·    MYTH: Strokes are not hereditary.

·    FACT: Family history of strokes increases your chance for a stroke.

·    MYTH: If stroke symptoms go away, you don’t have to see a doctor.

FACT: Temporary stroke symptoms are called transient ischemic attacks (TIA). They are warning signs prior to an actual stroke and need to be taken seriously.

Tips to  prevent to Prevent a Stroke ?

          1. Watch Your Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure and you don't manage it well, your chances of getting a stroke go up are higher. Ideally, your blood pressure should be under 120 over 80. If yours is too high, talk to your doctor about ways to change your diet and get more exercise. If that's not enough to control it, she may prescribe medication to help.

Dr. Gigy Kuruttukulam

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