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Doctors worried over rising strokes among youngsters

Every six seconds one person dies of a stroke globally. Delhi, with a total population of 18 million people, has nearly 7,200 people who run the risk of having a stroke at any time.

delhi Updated: Oct 28, 2010 23:24 IST
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Every six seconds one person dies of a stroke globally. Delhi, with a total population of 18 million people, has nearly 7,200 people who run the risk of having a stroke at any time.

In India, at least 4,000 people suffer a stroke every day. Of these, 1,500 die.

“On an average, 2-3 stroke patients come to AIIMS daily. At least 25 per cent of them are below 40 years old,” said Dr M.V. Padma Srivastava, professor, department of neurology, AIIMS.

“We discharged a 17-year-old school boy yesterday, who was brought to us within two hours of a stroke. He could hardly speak or see, but since he was brought in time, he went home healthy,” she said.

Doctors at AIIMS are worried with the incidence of rising strokes among the youngsters. “Lifestyle, environmental changes, growing pollution are the major causes for the increase. What is worrying is that people do not recognize the warning attacks,” said Dr Kameshwar Prasad, professor, neurology, AIIMS.

Although the response time to stroke management has increased from 3 to 4.5 hours, the key is to reach a stroke centre quickly. “With scientific advances — energy devices that break down clots — neurologists get more time to salvage the brain,” said Dr Srivasatava.

“The key word in recognising stroke symptoms is ‘FAST’, where the ‘F’ stands for ‘change in facial expression’, ‘A’ for ‘weakness in the arms’, ‘S’ for ‘abnormal speech’ and ‘T’ meaning it is ‘time to rush to the hospital’,” said Dr Rohit Bhatia, associate professor in the department of neurology at AIIMS.