Stroke is rapid and sudden damage to the brain. It is also known as brain attack or paralytic attack. Stroke is the third leading cause of death, after coronary heart disease and cancer. On an average, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. More women die of stroke than of breast
Stroke can cause a lot of symptoms like weakness, numbness, slurred speech etc. Most of the strokes are painless. They can be easily diagnosed by patients and their relatives.
REMEMBER THE 6 S METHOD TO DIAGNOSE STROKE:
The symptoms of stroke depend on what part of the brain is damaged. The most common symptoms include: SUDDEN (symptoms usually start suddenly)
SLURRED SPEECH ( speech is not clear, as if drunk)
SIDE WEAK ( face, arm or leg or all three can get weak)
SPINNING ( VERTIGO)
SECONDS ( note the time when the symptoms start and rush to the hospital)
Symptoms depend on which part of the brain is affected and if not treated well in time, the weakness and other neurological defects may become permanent and extremely disabling.
WHICH AGE GROUP IS AT RISK OF STROKE?
Stroke is more common in adults older than 40 years however even children and babies can have stroke
IS STROKE PREVENTABLE?
Stroke is preventable if you control your BP, sugar and cholesterol. Stop smoking. Indulge in an active lifestyle and daily exercise to prevent stroke.