World Stroke Organization (Geneva, Switzerland) based global body conferred Platinum Award to Metro Centre for Neurosciences, Metro Hospital, Noida for offering highest quality of stroke care services making it the only hospital in Uttar Pradesh — and one out of four Hospitals in India to get this prestigious award.
Explaining the repercussions of stroke, Dr. Sonia Lal Gupta, Director and Senior Consultant, Metro Centre of Neurosciences, Metro Hospital Noida, said, “Stroke is the second leading cause of death and disability worldwide and is responsible for 116 million years of healthy life lost each year. The impact on individuals, families and society is incalculable. Over 13 million people will have a stroke this year and around 5.5 million people will die as a result. Stroke can have different short- and long-term effects depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly it is treated.”
Adding further, Dr. Sonia said, “One of the main disease processes leading to stroke is atherosclerosis. The incidence of stroke increases significantly with age. There are many other risk factors, including tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, raised blood lipid levels, obesity, male gender, genetic disposition and psychological factors.’’
Examining the causes of stroke, Dr. Kapil Singhal, Senior Consultant, Neurology, Metro Hospital, Noida, asserted, “Stroke is a condition where the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, resulting in oxygen starvation, brain damage and loss of function. It is most frequently caused by a clot in an artery supplying blood to the brain, a situation known as ischemia. It can also be caused by hemorrhage when a burst vessel causes blood to leak into the brain. Stroke can cause permanent damage, including partial paralysis and impairment in speech, comprehension and memory. The extent and location of the damage determines the severity of the stroke, which can range from minimal to catastrophic.’’
Dr. Kapil further added. “Stroke has already reached epidemic proportions. Globally 1 in 4 adults over the age of 25 will have a stroke in their lifetime. 13.7 million people worldwide will have their first stroke this year and five and a half million will die as a result. Current trends suggest that the number of annual deaths will climb to 6.7 million annually without appropriate action.’’