Early Times Report
Jammu, Oct 13: Chairman-Medanta Institute of Neurosciences, At Medanta Multi -Super Specialty Hospital Dr VP Singh said that researches show that India will report almost 1.6 million cases of stroke annually by 2020 out of which one third would be disabled.
While addressing press conference here at Jammu, Dr Singh said a stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident or CVA, occurs when part of the brain loses its blood supply and stops working. This causes the part of the body, that the injured brain controls, to stop working. This loss of blood supply can be ischemic because of lack of blood flow, or hemorrhagic because of bleeding into brain tissue. A stroke is a medical emergency because strokes can lead to death or permanent disability. There may be no warning signs of a stroke until it actually occurs. You might be having symptoms that may warn you that you might be about to have a stroke. General symptoms of a stroke, according to Dr VP Singh, Chairman-Medanta Institute of Neurosciences, include FAST, i.e: Face: Does the face droop on one side when the person tries to smile? Arms: Is one arm lower when the person tries to raise both arms? Speech: Can the person repeat a simple sentence? Is speech slurred or hard to understand ? Time: During a stroke every minute counts. If you observe any of these signs, call your local emergency number immediately. All strokes involve symptoms that relate to impairment of nerve function.