Here’s how to treat Stroke

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Director, Stroke Action Group, Dr Biodun Ogungbo

Director, Stroke Action Group, Dr Biodun Ogungbo
Director, Stroke Action Group, Dr Biodun Ogungbo
The Director, Stroke Action Group, Dr Biodun Ogungbo said on Saturday that the ailment was easier to prevent than to treat.

Ogungbo made this assertion in an interview in Abuja on the occasion to commemorate the World Stroke Day.

“If someone had a stroke and was rushed to the hospital for emergency, the person will require blood test, ECG, chest X-ray, Ultrasound scan, brain scan and other initial treatment.

“Others could require a blood clotting drug and that put together could cost almost a million naira at two or three hours of arrival in the hospital.

“However, for a lot of people they would need continued care, life long medication to prevent further stroke.

Ogungbo told NAN that prevention was better than cure, adding that healthier lifestyle choice was the preventive measure.

He said the stroke day was to sensitise Nigerians on risk associated with the ailment, adding that hypertension was a risk factor of stroke.

“Hypertension is a silent killer and does not give any sign, immediately hypertension start giving signs, then, it has damaged the heart, brain and eyes.

“The complications can occur at any time even during sleep,” Ogungbo said.

He, however, said the day was to remind Nigerians on causes and preventive measures on spine issues, neurological, stroke, heart attack and sudden death.

Ogungbo advised Nigerians to embark on regular medical check-up to prevent heart and brain related illnesses.

Stroke is defined as “when poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death.”

There are two main types of stroke: ischemic, due to lack of blood flow, and hemorrhagic, due to bleeding.

They result in part of the brain not functioning properly.

Signs and symptoms of a stroke may include an inability to move or feel on one side of the body, problems understanding or speaking, feeling like the world is spinning, or loss of vision to one side among others.

Signs and symptoms often appear soon after the stroke has occurred. If symptoms last less than one or two hours it is known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Hemorrhagic strokes may also be associated with a severe headache.[3] The symptoms of a stroke can be permanent.

Long term complications may include pneumonia or loss of bladder control.