What is a stroke?
Stroke is a block in a blood vessel or a rupture of a blood vessel inside the brain, which is sometimes called as 'brain attack'. When a stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting oxygen and the nutrients they need to function.
What are the types of stroke?
There are mainly two types of stroke:
Ischemic Stroke – blockage of blood vessel
Haemorrhagic Stroke – rupture of the blood vessel
What happens in an acute ischaemic stroke?
In an acute ischaemic stroke, the blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted because of sudden blockage of a blood vessel. The blockage is usually due to a blood clot and starves the brain of needed oxygen and nutrients. The centre of the starved area may die quickly, however the surrounding area may die slowly over hours, thus allowing hope of recovery.
1 in 6 people in their lifetime will get a stroke.
Every year 20 million people will suffer from stroke in the world
5 million will die due to stroke
50% of survivals will be left with some disability
Every 2 seconds there is 1 stroke in the world
You can make a difference in your life or in the life of your dear one suffering from stroke by joining the Stroke and Paralysis Support Group. We meet every Second Saturday of the month at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
For registration, please call 7498403405
For more information about the Stroke Team at the Centre for Brain and Nervous system click here
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