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Stroke second leading cause of death in world, say experts

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, October 28, 2013
First Published: 19:11 IST(28/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:25 IST(28/10/2013)

To create awareness on stroke, different programmes are being organised in city. One such programme was organised by the department of neurology, Christian Medical College and Hospital at Kalvari Church on Monday.

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More than 300 congregational members were informed about warning signs and symptoms of stroke, risk factors and how to prevent it.

Dr Santosh Mathangi, rehabilitation physician spoke about the importance of rehabilitation after stroke.

Deepika Sharma, a physiotherapist and other staff of the hospital participated in the programme.
Rev Samson of the Kalvari church lauded the efforts of CMC team in creating awareness among church members.

Dr Jeyaraj D Pandian who is the chair of world stroke campaign of World Stroke Organisation said: “Stroke or brain attack is the second-leading cause of death in the world. There are an estimated 16 million people who have a stroke every year with nearly 6 million of them dying.

One in six people will have stroke in their lifetime. In fact, stroke is responsible for more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria put together. Stroke is also the leading cause of long-term disability irrespective of age, sex, ethnicity or country.”

“In India alone 4,000 to 5,000 stroke cases occur every day. About 24% of stroke patients in Ludhiana are below the age of 45 years.”

He said during this week, all 100 member countries are actively involved in creating awareness about stroke. In India alone, awareness programmes are being planned in more than 50 cities and towns.

Dr Yashpal Singh, professor of neurology said more than one-third of the stroke patients are disabled after the attack.

He added that the stroke team would visit various wards, OPDs and waiting areas of CMC Hospital and would deliver talks and distribute educational pamphlets to raise awareness.
On October 30, the team will go to Malerkotla and will conduct free medical camp and awareness talks.

Rising Youth Organisation observes stroke week

Rising Youth Association, an NGO, organised a stroke education event at Ludhiana Mediways.
Blood pressure and cholesterol screening tests were conducted for free.
Dr Satish Jain was the chief guest. Dr Veena Jain, Dr Ravinder Tah, Dr Manish Garg, Dr SK Bansal were also present.

Dr Jaspreet Singh Dil, neurosurgeon at Ludhiana Mediways said that a brain stroke occurs when brain stops receiving oxygen and nutrients and this happens after the blood capillaries carrying these to brain are blocked. This situation warrants immediate medical care, and any delay can be fatal.

Gurinder Chahal, president of the NGO said, creating awareness knows no boundaries.
 
SPS Apollo Hospital

In a release issued by Dr RS Bhatia from the neurology department at SPS Apollo Hospitals here he said that there are two types of stroke, which include ischemic in which a blood clot blocks or plugs a blood vessel or artery in the brain. About 80% of all stroke cases are ischemic.

In a haemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain breaks and bleeds into the brain. About 20% of strokes are haemorrhagic, he said.

“Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. The length of time to recover from a stroke depends on its severity. Nearly 50% to 70% of stroke survivors regain functional independence, but 15% to 30% are permanently disabled,” he said.

HOW TO REDUCE STROKE RISK

Monitor your blood pressure
Track your cholesterol level
Don't smoke
Exercise regularly and find out whether you need a medication to reduce blood clotting


FAST FACTS

Out of an estimated 16 million patients, nearly 6 million suffer stroke every year.
One in six people will have stroke in their lifetime.
Stroke responsible for more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria put together.
Stroke is also the leading cause of long-term disability irrespective of age, sex, ethnicity or country.

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