‘Brain stroke can be avoided with physical activity’

October 26, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:42 am IST - VIJAYAWADA:

Brain stroke can be prevented with regular physical activity, avoiding smoking and excess alcohol consumption and other modifiable risk factors, according to medical experts.

To mark the ‘World Stroke Day’ on October 29, the Aayush Hospitals management conducted an awareness camp on brain stroke at Nandamuri Trivikrama Rao Municipal Community Hall in the city on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, Aayush Hospitals chairman Yarlagadda Ramesh Babu said the theme of the programme was to enlighten the people on brain stroke and save lives.

Consultant Neurologist E. Sailaja said high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity, taking excess alcohol, cardiac diseases may cause brain stroke.

Patients, who notice symptoms like eating problem, memory loss, blur vision, stumble walk and speechlessness should consult neurologists immediately.

“There are two types of strokes – Ischemic and Haemorrhagic. Consultation of doctors during golden period of stroke management (i.e. four hours after observing the symptoms) will help to save the patient,” Dr. Sailaja said.

Director (Cat lab) Dr. P.S.S. Chowdary said that brain stroke was the third leading cause of death.

Stroke may occur in children, and women are vulnerable to brain stroke due to hereditary and genetic factors, he said.

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