Stroke - What To Do

A Stroke is a condition causing temporary or permanent loss of brain functions due to lack of blood supply and oxygen to the brain. It may be caused either by a clot blocking the blood vessels in the brain or by broken blood vessel bleeding into the brain.

Symptoms of stroke appear suddenly and include:
- Sudden numbness or paralysis, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden Weakness
- Speech problem- unable to speak properly.
- Vision problem
- Loss of balance
- Loss of coordination
- Dizziness
- Sudden severe headache

When a stroke occurs, there is a drug which can be given to dissolve the clot. However this drug must be given within 3 hours of onset of the symptoms to be effective. Therefore it is very important to take the person having a stroke, immediately to a stroke center. Stroke treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on the severity as well as the kind of stroke. Permanent damage to the brain cells due to lack of blood supply cannot be undone but treatment is given to control the stroke and prevent another one from happening. Immediate medical aid should be given to lessen the damage and further treatment may include medication, surgery and rehabilitation.

Remember, when stroke occurs, contact the nearest Apollo Emergency immediately.

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