Stroke: It’s Important To Be Informed
An unpredictable danger, stroke or brain attack can occur anytime in anyone, including children. A stroke happens when the blood flow to an area of brain gets cut of, leading to deprivation of oxygen and death of brain cells.
This happens due to two reasons:
1. When a blood clot or plaque blocks a blood vessel
2. When a blood vessel breaks or ruptures, especially due to high blood pressure (hypertension)
When the cells die, abilities and functions controlled by that particular area of the brain are lost permanently.
A stroke can be major or minor, depending on the extent of caused to the brain. A person who suffered a minor stroke may experience only temporary weakness of an arm or leg; whereas a person who had a major stroke may become paralysed for life or lose the ability to speak.
Though most of the survivors recover well (some even fully), worldwide estimates say that two third of them end up with lifelong disabilities.
It is very important to know the signs / symptoms of stroke so that the patient gets expert medical care as quickly as possible. For stroke related emergencies, call us on 155218 immediately.
Stroke: Every Second Counts
Time is the most crucial factor when it comes to treatment of strokes. The person will keep losing around 1.9 million neurons per minute if there’s a continued obstruction in blood flow to the brain, which in turn might lead to permanent loss of abilities/ functions like memory, speech and muscle control.
The following are the symptoms that call for immediate medical help. Remember, these symptoms appear all of a sudden, so PLEASE DO NOT WAIT.
• Numbness/ weakness in the face, arm or leg
• Numbness/ weakness on one side of the body
• Confusion and trouble in speaking/ understanding all of a sudden
• Unable to see (one or both eyes)
• Cannot walk, sudden loss of balance, coordination
• Sudden spell of dizziness
• Severe headache with no known cause