Brain stroke Better be safe than sorry

Brain stroke Better be safe than sorry
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Public Garden Walkers\' Association (PGWA) hosted its 228th monthly health lecture on Sunday at Indira Priyadarshani Auditorium, Nampally. Dr Deepika Sirineni, consultant neurophysician, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderguda, delivered a lecture on ‘Brain Stroke - Better Be Safe Than Sorry

Nearly 6 million people in India die due to brain stroke every year, which is more than the combined deaths due to malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis

Dr Deepika SirineniPublic Garden Walkers' Association (PGWA) hosted its 228th monthly health lecture on Sunday at Indira Priyadarshani Auditorium, Nampally. Dr Deepika Sirineni, consultant neurophysician, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderguda, delivered a lecture on ‘Brain Stroke - Better Be Safe Than Sorry’.

Dr Deepika Sirineni said, “Brain stroke is the second leading cause of death and disability in India. The deaths caused due to stroke account for nearly 6 million per year which is more than the combined deaths due to malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis. Unfortunately, in spite of the magnitude of the problem, the social awareness for this condition is dismal. The awareness is so poor that most perceive stroke to be heart attack, while it means brain attack.”

“The problem doesn't get much needed attention from the NGOs, government and health organisations. Most treat this as an eventual disease of aging and believe that it’s not treatable or preventable. This is wrong. Due to increasing risk factors, the incidence of stroke amongst those below 60 years of age is rising. A better understanding of risk factors and the advent of newer and safer medications makes stroke an entirely preventable and treatable ailment,” the doctor added.

“Stroke is caused when a part of brain stops functioning due to lack of blood supply or blood leak. The typical warning signs of stroke are sudden difficulty in speaking, weakness in hands or legs, deviation of face, inability to see, inability to stand. The common risk factors for stroke are hypertension, diabetes, obesity, smoking etc. It can be prevented by maintaining blood pressure within normal limits, controlling sugar consumption in the case of diabetics, quitting smoking, starting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet,” Dr Deepika suggested.

“In case one notices symptoms of stroke, one should reach the nearest hospital with a neurologist within three hours. The first three hours are highly critical. A clot removing medication can work within the first three hours of stroke onset. However, this can be administered to patients with stroke caused by a blood clot. Brain stroke resulting from blood leak cannot be treated with this medication,” concluded the doctor.

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