Stroke: Facebook support group for senior citizens

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death across the country. If a stroke occurs and blood flow can't reach the region that controls a particular body function that part of the body won't work as it should. Surviving a stroke and coping up with the health challenge. On the occasion of World Stroke Day, on October 29th, a Navi Mumbai Hospital started a new initiative of connecting about 60 stroke patients through the medium of Facebook, through a support group to tackle it

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Stroke is caused by a blocked blood vessel or bleeding in the brain. The signs of a stroke include a sudden severe headache, weakness, numbness, vision problems, confusion, trouble walking or talking, dizziness and slurred speech. According to the World Health Organization’s Report of Top 10 causes of death says Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are the world’s biggest killers, accounting for a combined 15 million deaths in 2015. These diseases have remained the leading causes of death globally in the last 15 years.

On the occasion of World Stroke Day, celebrated on October 29, doctors at Hiranandani hospital, Vashi, conducted a special program for over 60 past patients, in-house patients, their attendants, and the administrative staff.

To observe this day and help the senior citizens of the society, the team also started a Facebook Support Group, the ‘Stroke Support Group’.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr Pawan Ojha, Consultant Neurologist and Stroke Specialist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi said “It is disheartening to see that many people are not aware about identifying and tackling a stroke. The depression from which these patients go through is not accounted for, and many people do not even realise it. We need to have more support groups for such patients and try to lessen the stresses everyone goes through, in the daily life.”

Multiple studies across the world have proven that urban areas see higher number of patients suffering from stroke than rural areas. It is also found out that from the total number, 27 per cent of them are from the younger generation.

As per a recent study in Bangalore, people suffering a stroke at an average age of 55 years, whereas, in Mumbai the average age is 66 to 67 years. If a person gets a stroke there are 30 per cent chances of him/her to die. As per some studies, incidents of stroke are more in developing countries compared to the developed countries.