‘Recognise stroke signs early’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE World Stroke Organization has urged the public to recognise the signs of stroke early and treat it as a medical emergency to reduce its impact.

In its campaign message themed ‘Stroke is Treatable’ to observe World Stroke Day 2016, the association said stroke is a complex medical issue but there are ways to reduce its impact.

“The right care makes a difference, but many people are not getting the stroke treatment they need,” said the organisation, adding that access to the best professional care can substantially improve outcomes.

The World Stroke Organization explained that a stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off and can cause damaged or dead brain cells. This can affect the person’s body, mobility and speech as well as how they think and feel.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability and second leading cause of death globally, while heart disease has the second highest mortality rate in Brunei.

The sultanate recorded 204 deaths due to ischaemic diseases, including stroke, accounting for the majority of 364 cardiovascular deaths in 2015.

The professional association said an individual might be experiencing a stroke if one side of the face and body is weak as well as difficulty in speech.

According to the head of Brunei Neuroscience, Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre, only 30 per cent of Bruneians are aware of the three stroke symptoms, while half of patients with stroke signs do not seek immediate medical attention.

“We should not forget that stroke is an emergency, and ‘time is brain’,” said Professor Datin Seri Laila Jasa Dr Uta Meyding-Lamadé in an earlier report.

The Brunei Times