Unhealthy lifestyle and smoking has led to a rising number of brain stroke cases among the youth in Mumbai, say doctors. The age group suffering from stroke has come down to the 20s and 30s. Earlier, it was 50 years and above. Besides, on the eve of World Stroke Day on Tuesday, neurologists emphasised on the need to upgrade emergency services to save more life.
Dr Kishore Chaudhary, neurologist at Seven Hills Hospital, Marol, said, “In India, stroke incidences are approximately at 130 per lakh to 225 per lakh of the population (according to WHO). In Mumbai’s population of 1.3 crore, there could be at least 30,000 cases here. Every day, around 2,000 stroke cases occur and many go untreated because of lack of awareness.” He added that there is a need to have a robust emergency system so that a patient receives treatment at the earliest.
Dr PP Ashok, neurologist in PD Hinduja Hospital, said, “There is a need of telemedicine. A patient needs to understand the symptoms and rush to the right doctor. Life can be saved if clot busters are administered within 3-4 hours of onset of stroke for reversing the disease.”
According to doctors, there is a 15% rise in youth suffering stroke because of their unhealthy lifestyle. Rampant smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, high stress level are some other reasons.
Doctors say the government is hardly doing anything about it. “Two years ago, Lilavati Hospital conducted a survey and found out that symptoms and reasons of brain stroke is similar to that in the western countries. Western countries have found solutions by having dedicated helplines and ambulance. Here, we are still struggling to get patients on time for treatment,” said Dr Uday Limaye, chief of neuro interventional radiology, KEM Hospital.