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Golden hour medical aid helps stroke patient walk in Mumbai

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 11:32am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Presence of mind and timely action helped a 65-year-old Tilaknagar resident bounce back to life in just three days after he suffered a brain stroke.

Dattaram Vichare was alone at home when he felt weakness in his right leg. Immediately, he called Dr VM Sangole of Joy Hospital in Chembur.

“Around 8.30am on Friday, I got a call from Vichare, complaining of weakness in his lower limb and slurred speech. His symptoms hinted at brain stroke and I rushed to his place,” said Dr VM Sangole.

The doctor then took Vichare to Joy Hospital in his car.

“While examining him, I realised that he was indeed getting a brain stroke and decided to shift him to hospital. A quick CT scan also indicated that it was a brain stroke and we immediately started medication,” said Dr Sangole.

He said it is very rare to see a brain stroke person getting discharged in just three days and without any complications. “Like in accident cases, brain stroke patients if brought during the golden hour can be saved of lifetime complications like paralysis,” said Dr Sangole.

Mostly patients come with paralysis of one half of the body and speech problems. At the community level, a test can easily be done by the common man which helps in detecting stroke before they can see a doctor. Loss of consciousness, loss of vision, double vision and imbalance are other symptoms.

“Unlike a heart attack, we have too little time to save a patient getting a brain stroke. Most of the time, we get patients at least 3-4 hours after the onset of a stroke. Time is very crucial. Given the traffic in Mumbai, a dedicated stroke ambulance will help save a patient.

Urgency can save the brain stroke patient from morbidity,” said Dr PP Ashok, consultant and head of neurology at PD Hinduja hospital.

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