One in six people at risk of stroke, say experts

October 29th, 2010 - 6:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) One in six people around the world suffer from stroke, making it the second leading cause of death worldwide, doctors said Friday on World Stroke Day.

“The main problem is that people are not able to recognise the symptoms of stroke. If the patient is brought to hospital in time there are chances of full recovery. Awareness is needed,” said Anand Kumar Saxena, consultant neurologist, B.L. Kapur Memorial Hospital in the capital.

The theme for the World Stroke Day campaign this year is ‘One in Six’, as it emphasises on awareness creation, prevention and recovery for a stroke patient.

The need is to be aware of the causes and symptoms of the disease in order to act in time, say experts.

“The warning signs of stroke are sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs, visual loss, trouble in walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, severe headache with no known cause and sudden loss of consciousness,” Saxena added.

The disorder is now shaping up into a lifestyle related problem as it is also striking young people, say experts.

“The young are also vulnerable to lifestyle-related disorders. Strokes attack this strata as they are high on junk food consumption,” said P.N. Renjen, senior neurosurgeon at Apollo Hospital, Delhi.

Also known as Peripheral Arterial Diseases (PAD), strokes are caused due to blockage of arteries in the body.

“Stroke can be prevented by keeping a check on high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol. Be physically active and exercise regularly to keep weight under control,” warned Renjen.

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