IMPORTANCE OF TIME IN THE MANAGEMENT OF STROKE
‘Stroke’ doesn’t mean it is limited only to people aged over 60 years.
Recent statistics reveal 15-30% of the total proportion of strokes in India occur among the youth + middle age (below 45 years). To prevent long-term disability and morbidity due to stroke, timely identification and treatment are important. Timing is everything when we are in search of the successful minimization of physical, mental damage caused by a stroke. Still, there are people who even after experiencing signs of stroke wait long before seeking help. There are even cases where patients are rushed to the hospital without any stabilization to be given to stroke patients.
According to American Heart Association (AHA), one can simply identify a stroke with this powerful four-letter word FAST:-
F – Facial drooping
A – Arm weakness
S – Speech Difficulty
T – Timely Reach to Hospital (within 4.5 hours of onset of symptoms)
Remember, the earlier, the better. It is extremely important to reach the hospital within this golden period or golden hour of 1 hour.
A blood clot in a blood vessel, narrowing of the blood vessel, rupturing of the blood vessel, etc. all these can cause brain attack or paralysis. When it comes to the brain, it cannot function without oxygen or energy. Death of the brain cells start to occur when blood supply to the brain has stopped for more than 3-6 hours. To avoid this, it is very important to keep regular, uninterrupted blood supply to the brain. If brain cells die, it makes that particular portion of the brain to swell. When this swelling increases, it causes danger to the life of the person.
MRI and Scanning are usually done for diagnosis and treatment. Not only this, but these investigations also help to differentiate the various types of stroke and assess the severity of it. Proper diagnosis is important as it makes it easy to analyze the appropriate treatment.
Stroke warning signs and symptoms:
· Face Drooping
· Arm Weakness
· Speech difficulty
Though there are various treatment options available for stroke, many patients fail to reach the hospital on time after paralysis due to which treatment cannot be given to them.
Symptoms of Paralysis:
1. Sudden loss of strength or heaviness on one side of the body.
2. Numbness on one side of the body.
3. Loss of Speech
4. Diminished or complete loss of vision.
Experiencing any of these symptoms? Don’t wait. Do not even waste a second. Visit Promed hospital, which has been well equipped with facilities to treat immediate stroke emergencies. We are specialized in Stroke Care and have a special team that is trained to act fast, accordingly and follow a well-defined Stroke Protocol that can minimize the time and start the treatment immediately.