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‘Raise awareness about stroke to reduce death’

    10 June, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Speakers at a programmeon Saturday stressed raising awareness among the on specialised treatment of stroke and undertaking preventive measures for its recovery, reports UNB.

They came up with this remark in a roundtable discussion on “Stroke : Mass awareness and Immediate Treatment”, jointly organised by Bangladesh Post, a daily English Newspaper and Impulse Hospital at the hospital’s premises.     

In his presentation, Dr Shahidullah, Associate professor of Neuro-Medine Department of Banghabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman University and Senior Consultant in Neurology and Head of Stroke at the Impulse Hospital, said, “Stroke is the most common cause of adult disability andsecond-highest cause of death worldwide. But stroke is treatable.”

The aim of stroke treatment is to reduce brain damage, preventing complications, and reducing the onset of disability and recurrence of stroke, he added.

Dr Shahidullah also said that a stroke should ideally be treated in a specialized stroke centre because it increases the chances of good recovery up to 14 percent, according to ane study..

“If the stroke is due to blood clot and the patient arrives in hospital within hours, clot bursting drug may be advised to dissolve the clot and open up the blood vessels” said the neurologist.

“Clot burstingdrug which is given within 3 to 4 hours after strokegot FDA approval in 1996, from then it is being used worldwide and in Bangladesh it is being marketed since April this year. It increases the chances of a good outcome by 30 percent,” he also added.

Former Vice-Chancellor of BSMMU Professor Anisul Haque stressed that prevention is best way to fight a stroke.

Managing Director of Impulse Hospital Professor Dr. Zaheer Al-Amin delivered the welcome speech while Editor -in- Chief of Bangladesh Post Sharif Shahab Uddin chaired the session.