Brain attack or stroke is a block or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. In India about 14 lakh people every year suffer from this dreadful disorder but few are aware about the availability of modern care. This is a story of a doctor helped by modern medicine and may allow you to help your dear one.
This 50 year old doctor went to the Cardiologist and was found to have irregular heart beats. Previously she was known to have familial heart disease. Two days later she developed right hand and right leg weakness with a major blood vessel block in the left side of brain. She was brought to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai for the management of Acute Stroke under Dr. Shirish M.Hastak, Consultant Neurologist, who is Incharge of Stroke Services in the hospital. Her MRI Brain at admission showed a small area of brain damage with a big artery blocked in the brain.
Immediately Dr. Manish Shrivastava, Consultant in Interventional Neuroradiology was called. He felt that the patient would benefit by mechanical clot removal. 2 hours following the stroke, a special device named Penumbra Device was inserted through the groin to reach her blood vessels of brain. The device sucked out the clot from brain vessel and restored blood flow to the brain.
After the clot was removed patient was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit for 5 days. On discharge 10 days later she had recovered completely from the stroke. This mechanical clot retrieval from the brain is one of the 1st cases to be done in the city within the 4.5 hours window. Our Centre has the maximum experience in India in removal of clots from inside the brain by a mechanical clot removal technique. This is one of the few hospitals in the country with a complete Stroke Team and a Stroke Unit available round the clock.
If you have any of the following symptoms suggesting a stroke, please rush to a proper hospital.
REMEMBER ... F A S T:
F – FACE : Sudden change in facial expression
A – ARM: Sudden change in arm or leg function
S – SPEECH : Sudden change in speech
T – TIME : Rush to a proper hospital with stroke care facilities in time
TIME IS BRAIN ... AND TIME LOST IS BRAIN LOST…