61 percent people unaware of warning signs of stroke

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The survey revealed that though 64.4 percent of people are aware of the treatment of stroke during the window period (4.5 hours of the first stroke), around 61 per cent of people don’t know the warning signs of stroke that is the concept of BEFAST. Those with these red flags should be taken to a stroke-ready hospital where expert stroke care is available 24/7: Dr Pavan Pai

Mumbai: Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road conducted a survey that revealed alarming facts regarding stroke. Around 61 percent of people don’t know the warning signs of stroke which is the concept of BEFAST (balance loss, eyesight blurring or loss, facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulties, and time). There is a lack of awareness regarding stroke in the general population. But, treatment within the golden hour of stroke can save many lives. To address the needs of stroke patients and help them to recognize the warning signs of stroke, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road has taken an initiative. The hospital has launched a stroke support group to provide comprehensive and holistic treatment.

A stroke happens due to a decrease or blockage in the brain’s blood supply. It can happen to anyone at any time. There is extremely low awareness regarding this life-threatening condition. Time is BRAIN when it comes to a stroke. In view of it, the hospital conducted a stroke survey to know the common concerns of people.

Dr. Pavan Pai, Consultant Interventional Neurologist, and Stroke Specialist, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road said, “The survey revealed that though 64.4 percent of people are aware of the treatment of stroke during the window period (4.5 hours of the first stroke), around 61 percent of people don’t know the warning signs of stroke that is the concept of BEFAST. Those with these red flags should be taken to a stroke-ready hospital where expert stroke care is available 24/7. The survey also revealed that 65.4 percent of people know that stroke can be reversed if the patient is taken to a hospital that has facilities to manage it. People have started knowing the importance of their health and 95.2 percent of people feel that full health check-ups should be done once a year. Moreover, around 82.7 percent of people do their annual health check-ups every year. The male-to-female ratio was 3:1, and around 200 participants were part of this survey. We launched the support group to help stroke patients to improve their outcomes and a committed team of doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff to provide support round-the-clock care and ensure a faster recovery. Meticulous patient monitoring will be done with advanced equipment and a multidisciplinary team treatment approach.”

Dr. Pavan Pai
Consultant Interventional Neurologist and Stroke Specialist
Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road

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Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/diagnostics/61-per-cent-people-unaware-of-warning-signs-of-stroke/92716612

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