In conjunction with World Stroke Day on October 29, Kauvery Hospital launched a major campaign to promote awareness on the preventive measures and treatment options for stroke.
Dr. Manivannan, Managing Director, stated that creating this kind of campaign will have a strong impact among the public. The campaign titled ‘4 ½’ is to remind people of the first few golden hours after a stroke.
The importance of seeking immediate treatment should be known. Early warnings, like numbness in the face or arms, drooping of face, or slurring of speech are usually ignored. Medical intervention is sought after the damage is done. The sooner the treatment is given, the more chances that the person has of surviving and avoiding serious disability.
Kauvery Hospital is the only hospital in Central Tamil Nadu which has a 24/7 centre for hyperacute stroke management. The team, available round the clock, is manned by four Neurosurgeons, five Neurologists and an Interventional Radiologist. It is the only hospital in the region that has two advanced Cath labs with the capability to manage stroke emergencies.
“Until a couple of years ago, intravenous rtPA (recombinant tissue plasminogen activator) was the only option available for patients with stroke. But now with the capablility to perform a newer interventional technique like Mechanical Thrombectomy, in the cath lab we can push the barriers for therapeutic stroke management to almost 12 hours in almost all cases, and for selective cases to almost 24 hours,” said the authorities at Kauvery Hospital.
Mechanical Thrombectomy is the new standard in acute stroke management. Physical inactivity, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol are leading causes of blood vessel damage causing strokes. It is alarming to note that the rate of strokes in young people is increasing and the condition has the capability to affect all ages.
The warning signs of stroke can be remembered by the acronym “FAST”
Face weakness, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time.