World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition and ensure better care and support for survivors.
Brain attack is a serious illness and can affect anyone. There are reports of 6 people suffering from the brain disorder every minute in India, but this number may be higher as there is no combined data of various diseases in India.
If you have frequent dizziness, you need to know what causes the dizziness and what needs to be treated. There is no benefit in treating dizziness without understanding the cause, especially in older people or those with a history of chronic disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, paralysis, it is necessary to immediately resort to special tests.
Lack of awareness
There are still misconceptions in the society about many diseases in India and so many patients come to the hospital or visit a doctor in the last stage, and it becomes very difficult to treat them.
Despite the fact that it is the third leading cause of death, there is a lack of awareness about this disease, which can occur at any age. Brain paralysis kills 30 to 35 percent of people and leads to disability in 30 percent of the stroke patients.
A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident or CVA occurs when part of the brain loses its blood supply and the part of the body that the blood-deprived brain cells control stops working. This loss of blood supply can be ischemic because of lack of blood flow, or haemorrhagic because of bleeding into brain tissue. A stroke is a medical emergency as it can lead to death or permanent disability.
Strokes in a pandemic
More number of stroke patients fall victim to the disease without getting timely care these days as the entire focus of the health care systems is on containing the corona infection.
At the onset of the disease, headaches and dizziness or dizziness alone, need to be treated immediately with the advice of a neuro expert. There are many modern treatments for brain disorders in India today but still as many as 7 lakh Indians die every year due to stroke because of delayed treatment.
A brain stroke can have many causes, including heredity. Stress, lack of exercise, constant drinking and smoking habits also contribute to the disease. While, paralysis, numbness or weakness in the arm, face, and leg, especially on one side of the body trouble speaking or understanding speech, confusion, slurring speech vision problems, such as trouble seeing in one or both eyes with vision blackened or blurred, or double vision, trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination, dizziness and severe and sudden headache with an unknown cause are symptoms of brain stroke.
(The author is a neurosurgeon at Apex Group of Hospitals, Mumbai)