Stroke Strikes: Be Informed, Stay Protected!

Dr. Shreeka Prakash

Dr. Shreeka Prakash

Oct 31, 2023 · 3 min read

Did You Know?

  • Every 40 seconds, someone in the world suffers a stroke.
  • It's a leading cause of disability and death globally.
  • 1.9 million neurons in the brain die every minute after an acute stroke.
  • It is important to take the patient to the hospital within four and a half hours of the onset of stroke, known as the golden hour.

Understanding Strokes: A stroke occurs when there is a sudden interruption in the blood supply to the brain, either due to a blockage in a blood vessel (Ischemic Stroke) or the bursting of a blood vessel (Hemorrhagic Stroke). This disruption prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching the brain cells, leading to the rapid death of brain tissue. Strokes can cause various physical and cognitive impairments, depending on the part of the brain affected.

Know the Risk Factors:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • Physical inactivity

These risk factors can often be managed through lifestyle changes and medical intervention.

Prevention Starts with Awareness: Preventing strokes starts with understanding the risk factors and making conscious, healthy choices. By adopting a heart-healthy diet, exercising regularly, managing stress, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, individuals can significantly reduce their stroke risk. Regular health check-ups and monitoring of blood pressure and cholesterol levels are essential in stroke prevention.

Raising Awareness, Saving Lives: By raising awareness about strokes and promoting a healthier lifestyle, we can significantly reduce the incidence of this devastating condition. Education campaigns, community workshops, and public health initiatives play a crucial role in informing people about strokes, their risk factors, and the importance of early intervention. Every second counts when it comes to minimizing damage and preserving lives.

BE FAST – Recognizing Stroke Signs:

  • Balance: Sudden difficulty standing or walking indicates a brain disruption; seek medical help.
  • Eyes: Blurred vision, double vision, or sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes are red flags for a stroke.
  • Face: Uneven facial drooping or numbness, especially on one side, signals a stroke; observe facial symmetry.
  • Arm: Inability to lift one arm or sudden arm weakness demands immediate attention; check for arm drift.
  • Speech: Slurred speech or unclear words are common stroke symptoms; act promptly if speech is affected.
  • Time: Time is critical; call emergency services if you notice any of these signs, ensuring a rapid response for better recovery chances.

Join the Movement: Together, we can make a difference in our communities and strive for a world where strokes are rare and their impact is minimized. Spread the word, encourage regular health screenings, and support initiatives that aim to prevent strokes. Let's work hand in hand to build a healthier, stroke-free future for everyone.