4 hours from the onset of stroke – the Golden Hours to prevent disability

4 hours from the onset of stroke – the Golden Hours to prevent disability

Time is crucial after a stroke. The earlier the treatment is started, the better will be the result of the treatment. Permanent disability can be prevented if treatment is started within 4 hours of the onset of stroke. The brain cells will still be functional and can be revived if blood supply is restored before they die. Complete recovery and return to normal life are possible if treatment is started immediately. 

To ensure this, you should be able to recognise the signs of stroke to get the patient to the hospital immediately.

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Look out for these symptoms of stroke.

Look out for sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body, along with difficulty speaking, vision problems, and sudden severe headache. Seek immediate medical attention if any of these symptoms occur, as they could indicate a stroke.

Symptoms, Causes and Treatment options for stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency and has to be treated immediately. There are different treatment options available to treat stroke depending on the cause of the stroke.

Treatments offered for haemorrhagic stroke.

Haemorrhagic stroke is caused by bleeding in the brain and is treated according to the clinical status of the patient. Treatment will depend on whether the patient is in deep coma, unconscious, mild faint, or is disoriented. This will indicate the extent of the bleed, which will be confirmed through scans.If there is pressure on the brain due to inflammation it be controlled immediately, because the brain rapidly loses its ability to function as it swells. 
Treatments options include
  • Medication to control inflammation
  • Ventilation or artificial breathing to reduce inflammation and increase oxygen saturation in the cells.
  • Emergency Neuro navigation aided microscopic surgery to remove clot in the tissues to relieve pressure.
Treatments for ischemic stroke

Ischemic stroke is caused by a blocked blood vessel in the brain and is treated with

  • Chemical thrombolysis using life-saving medicines to dissolve clots
  • Angioplasty in a Neuro Cath Lab to find and remove the block with a basket-like contraption, a balloon angioplasty or stent to open blocked vessel.
Stroke should be treated in a dedicated stroke centre for best results

The highly advanced treatment options available to treat stroke today require a high degree of specialisation, latest technology and an unparalleled level of expertise. These are available only in a dedicated stroke centre that specialises in handling all types of strokes from diagnosis to rehabilitation. If you recognise the symptoms of stroke, rush the patient to a dedicated stroke centre that is fully equipped to save lives. Visiting a doctor or hospital and then being referred to anther hospital for further treatment will waste precious time and harm the chances of recovery.

Are you at a higher risk of getting stroke?

High blood cholesterol, uncontrolled blood pressure, diabetes, cardio vascular disease, weak spots in a blood vessel, obstructive sleep apnea, genetic factors, being overweight, sedentary lifestyle, heavy drinking, drug usage, smoking and personal or family history of stroke are all factors that increase the risk of stroke. If you have any of these risk factors, talk to a doctor to evaluate your health.

Neuro Foundation Hospital is one of the leaders in brain, spine and neuro care in Tamil Nadu. We offer the most advanced stroke care by an expert team consisting of neurologist, neurosurgeons, rehabilitation therapists and support staff.

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