Date : 1st Jun 2016
Since the commonly occurring brain attack/stroke can cause permanent disability and even death if not treated within Three hours, it is necessary to spread awareness among the public about the importance of availing medical treatment in time, said professor P Sathish Chandra, Director and Vice-Chancellor, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore.
He was delivering address as the guest of honor at the inaugural function of the Comprehensive stroke Care Services at the Neuro Foundation here on Sunday.
“While everyone is aware about heart attack, not many know there is an attack/stroke of brain, which is becoming a common lifestyle disease. The brain attack/stroke is worse than the heart attack as it can impair speech, the eye, ability to swallow and loss of limb Movements”, said Sathish.
Stressing the advantages of prevention over treatment, he said improving life expectancy of Indians due to better standard of living brought with it certain natural causes for brain related diseases.
“Secondly, the changing lifestyle of more time being spent of more time being spent on TV viewing and crunching oily snacks but without physical exercise leads to increased fat levels that blocks blood vessels, including those the brain. The block results in a stroke. Since a lifestyle change is easily said than done, brain-related diseases is not wished away and is tackled with better treatment. However, the treatment in the event of brain suffers every hour after the stroke needs to be
done with it three hours to dissolve the block as the brain suffers every hour after the stroke. After a day or two the organs of body can be disabled permanently. Besides timely treatment, a comprehensive stroke care with good nursing care is vital to decrease morbidity and mortality of victims”, he said.
sathish further called upon Salem City police Commissioner K C Mahali to extend the Golden Hour Trauma Care given for accident victims to brain stroke patients also. He wanted the public to comply with the helmet rules.
In his presidential address , K C Mahali said as even a minor disturbance in the brain can cause major psychical damages, the need to protect it cannot be over
“The victim’s family are the worst hit, especially when he/she is from a poor background ,hence the Golden Hour Accident Trauma Care Programme. The people in Salem have extended their maximum cooperation for its success” he said.
Stating that 50 percent of fatal accidents were due to riding two-wheeler without helmets, he said the awareness levels would be in creased and assured Golden Hour Trauma care network would cover brain stroke victims also.
In his presentation on stroke Dr Puneet C S, HoD, comprehensive Stroke care unit said over 6.2 lakh stroke-related deaths occur every year and 100 people per one lakh population in the age group of 30-70 years suffer a stroke. “only 13 percent are from the higher income group”, he said and detailed the current international practices in throm bolysis treatment for stroke victims and other advancements.
In his welcome speech, Dr R Natarajan, neuro surgeon and also the chairman-cum-managing director of Neuro Foundation, Salem, said the comprehensive a team of neurologists, stroke physician, neuro interventional radiologists, stroke physician, ologist,neurointensivists and neuro surgeons.