Experts call for preventative measures to avoid stroke

October 28, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Assistant Professor, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Dr Sobia, on Wednesday said that stroke attack cases nowadays are more common in developing countries despite once it was considered the disease of western countries.

She stated this while addressing an awareness seminar organized by Deputy Commissioner District Central Karachi in connection with the World Stroke Day at District Central Office here. Deputy Commissioner, Dr Saifur Rehman and Senior Director Medical & Health Services, KMC, Dr Salma Kausar were also present on this occasion.

Dr Sobia said stroke is brain abnormalities which are caused by the pathological process of the blood vessels. She said this disease is normally presented in acute attack in the middle-aged or elderly people, which may cause unconsciousness disorder and paralyse organs. She said stroke is a major disease that can cause death and physical disability.

“Stroke is leading cause of death after cardiovascular diseases and lungs cancer in world-wide. Incidence of stroke is more common in women in Pakistan as compared to men.”

Sobia said sedentary life-style, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, tobacco are the major reasons behind occurrence of stroke attack. She explained that brain works like circuit and any kind of disruption in blood circulation may cause disability.

She urged the people to shift the person with stroke signs to nearby health care center having facility of CT scan on earliest basis and also avoid self-medication or treatment such patient at home.

Senior Director Medical & Health Services, KMC, Dr Salma Kausar, said stroke is fourth leading cause of death in world. She said unhealthy lifestyle, lack of exercise and smoking were some of the major causes of stroke.

Deputy Commissioner, District Central Karachi, Dr Saifur Rehman said people can prevent themselves from stroke by adopting some simple precautionary measures like regular check up, quitting smoking and other tobacco substances.

He expressed his concern over incidence of 1,000 stroke cases in Pakistan on daily basis. He said disability caused by stroke make person unable to perform routine activities.

He stressed the need of creating awareness among general public about stroke disease in order to reduce mortality and disability caused from this disease.

Earlier, an awareness walk was also organized in connection with the World Stroke Day attended by medical practitioners, deputy commissioner office staff and citizens.

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