Doctors shared their views about recent advances in acute stroke management in a press meet at Park Plaza hotel on Monday. “Brain stroke, if not treated within four and a half hours, can lead to permanent brain damage and paralysis.
These 4.5 hours are the crucial window period hours, which once lost can cause unprecedented losses,” said senior consultant neurosurgeon, Dr Vishnu Gupta and consultant neurologist , Dr Alok Jain, at Fortis Hospital.
Dr Jain explained that stroke was a potentially curable condition in many cases. When the patient reaches an adequate medical facility within 4.5 hours of stroke, he or she can be injected with a brain clot dissolving drug, which restores the blood supply to brain and reduces the residual paralysis.
Citing examples of t wo patients recently admitted to Fortis hospital, Ludhiana , a 60 year old lady with right sided paralysis and a 68 year gentleman with left leg paralysis, Dr Jain said these patients were instantly given clot dissolving drug on their arrival.
“These patients had nearly recovered from paralysis and were discharged within few days,” he said flanked by both the patients who shared their experiences.
Dr Gupta, who holds special expertise in interventional techniques, said nowadays highly advanced facilities of intra-arterial clot removal and mechanical clot removal were available.