Stroke: Patients should be treated within three to four hours

A stroke 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. In this case, if the patient is given treatment within 4 hours, the blood supply will be normal. On this ‘World Stroke Day’, speaking to My Medical Mantra, doctors inform that stroke is a medical emergency. So, seek treatment as soon as possible

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A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. If a patient gets proper treatment in the first three to four hours after stroke, some patients may feel better within 24 hours.

Dr Vijay Surase, Interventional Cardiologist at Jupiter Hospital said, “Stroke and the formation of blood clots in blood vessels that supply blood to the heart is almost the same. Both of these patients are required to get treatment within a few hours.”

He added, “Addiction, stress and faulty lifestyle can cause stroke. So, the first three to four hours are important for the patients. If the patient is given blood thinner injection after reaching the hospital, the blood supply will be normal and one can overcome stroke. Patients have become aware and they seek timely treatment.”

Dr Lekha Pathak is the director and Head of the Cardiology Department at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital said, “The number of stroke patients is increasing. The patient goes to the nearby hospital but there are no adequate facilities. So, he needs to be shifted to the other hospital. In which a lot of time goes. Stroke can cause if the patients do not get treatment on time.”

Causes:

  • Hereditary
  • Lifestyle
  • Lack of sleep
  • Street alcohol consumption
  • High blood pressure

Symptoms:

  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Vision loss or changes
  • Face drooping
  • Speech difficulty

Dr Anil Venkitachalam, a Mumbai-based Neurologist said, “Like heart attack, there is ‘golden hour’ during stroke. Every day, I see 5 to 6 stroke patients. Stroke is commonly seen in youngsters too. A  person suffering from stroke takes time to get back on track. And the brain is less likely to function in full capacity.”