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Stroke Awareness & Treatment

Risk and Awareness of Stroke

According to the Scottish Society health Survey (2017) being overweight, indulging in smoking, drinking excessive alcohol and lack of exercise are some risk factors that result in stroke. Poor diet, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels can also make a person vulnerable to stroke. Some risk factors to stroke include family history, ethnicity, age, and medical history.

Most of the patients who have heart problems know about stroke but sometimes patients cannot correctly identify the risk factors. Appropriate warning signs of stroke are needed to be communicated. Sudden onset of weakness, numbness in limbs and fainting should not be taken casually. Low threat perception of stroke is caused by poor recognition that may contribute to a serious situation. Knowledge about risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, and identification of stroke symptoms is needed. For this sake awareness campaign can prove to be helpful that can benefit the community at large.  

Treatment of a Stroke

Emergency Treatment of stroke is needed to prevent any kind of serious and long term disability. A specific treatment to stroke is recommended keeping in view the causes including a blood clot obstructing the flow of blood or bleeding in or around brain. One or more medicines are taken to reduce the symptoms. Surgery can also be recommended in some patients. It is critical to seek treatment immediately to get good recovery.

Some people may fully recover from a stroke. In these individuals not treatment of injury may be required. However, in other cases, rehabilitation might be needed. Support must be provided to adjust living with the stroke. Local service centers should be visited to provide stroke support. A person who is recovering from a stroke needs to develop necessary skills to start living independently.

People who have a stroke might need care or help from others to perform their day to day tasks. Washing dressing and eating might require assistance. In such cases, the role of primary care providers become important.

People who are cared for in a specialized stroke control unit show a positive recovery. A specialized stroke unit having a team of experts within designated ward can help greatly.

1.       Thrombolysis

Thrombolysis or clot busting drugs are useful to increase the outcome of recovery by 30 percent. These clot busting drugs are administered within 4.5 hours after appearance of symptoms. An earlier dose can prove to be effective.

2.       Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is an important aspect of treatment of patients with stroke. It is a process that must be sought right after the attack. It can help improve body functioning with which independence becomes possible over period of time.

3.       Clot revival treatment

Mechanical thrombectomy is employed as a clot revival treatment. This treatment is also helpful in removing blood clot reducing the chances of disability. It is useful for people with large artery blockage that cause an ischemic stroke.

Preventing chances of future stroke: One out of four stroke patients have chances of encountering another stroke. In such cases, reduced blood pressure, anticoagulation therapy, atrial fibrillation, and platelet therapy can prove to be helpful.

4.       Prevention

Stroke has become the major cause of death all over the world. People who are overweight, have diabetes, hypertension or heart disease are at a higher risk of stroke. Immediate identification of stroke is needed to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate. Unfortunately, the awareness of stroke is not enough amongst general public. Baseline stroke management factors amongst general public can help improve the situation. It is critical to develop the treatment plan effectively targeting the point of concern. Health seeking practices should also be improved so the chances of immediate help in case of a stroke attack seeking can be improved. 

Concerned About Risk of Stroke?

If you are concerned about risk of stroke for yourself or your family members, speaking with your GP is the best starting point. Your GP can perform a risk assessment to your symptoms and provide you with preventive care options where required. However, preventive care may not immediately reduce your risk of stroke and any apparent symptoms you observe, should be referred for medical advice.

1300 Dr To Me - After Hours Home Doctors

At After Hours Home Doctor, we care for our patients with general malaise, headaches, and migraines. Our team of after hours GPs can perform an assessment of your symptoms and provide you most accurate treatment options where applicable. However, it must be noted that after hours GPs cannot assist if your Stroke symptoms are advanced, i.e. if you are experiencing face droop, weakness or numbness in limbs or fainting accompanied by severe headache. You must seek urgent medical attention and call 000 for ambulatory care.

Disclaimer: 1300 Dr To Me provides free health information blogs for the community to increase awareness on health & medical topics. The information in this article is educative and does not constitute diagnosis. Please consult a doctor, or request an urgent after-hours home doctor visit should you or your family members need medical assistance. If you or your family member are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 000.

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