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World Stroke Day: Stradins Hospital offers free health check-ups

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTuesday, 29 October is celebrated as the World Stroke Day. Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital (PSKUS) new A-ward offers all those interested the option to undergo free health check-up between 10:00 and 13:00 today. The offer covers blood sugar level measurement, body mass index and blood pressure measurement, as reported by the hospital’s representative Janita Veinberga.

She says specialists will provide consultations and promote healthy lifestyle to help reduce the risk of a stroke.

Stroke is the main cause for disability and the second most common cause of death in the world. Any person regardless of age and gender may experience a stroke. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent stroke by leading a healthy lifestyle. For this year’s World Stroke Day the motto is «One out of four is affected by stroke. Don’t be a stroke victim». It urges residents to take care of their health to prevent stroke.

What is stroke?

A stroke is when blood is cut off from a part of the brain. Without blood circulation, brain cells may end up damaged or die. This damage can have different symptoms depending on which area of the brain is damaged. It can have an effect on a person’s body, their ability to move and speak, as well as the way they think and feel.

Stroke can be treated

Stroke can be a big strike on a person’s health, which carries with it other medical and social problems. But there are ways to recover from a stroke. By uncovering stroke symptoms early and commencing treatment immediately with assistance from the best professionals, which can help improve results.

Important facts about stroke treatment

1.Early diagnosing plays a major role

Doctors know symptoms of stroke well and this helps them save lives and improve recovery process. If people have concerns that one of their relatives may have suffered a stroke it is necessary to check for the following symptoms:

SMILE – does one side of the person’s mouth or face hang when a person smiles?

HOLD UP – is the person able to hold up both arms equally well?

SPEAK – is the person able to speak? Are the words put together properly and are intelligible? Does the person understand what is told to him or her?

CALL – act quickly and immediately contact Emergency Medical Service.

PSKUS Neurology Ward’s head, Associated Professor Evija Miglāne stresses: «Only approximately one-fifth of all stationary patients arrive in time. We are able to help them and restore the flow of blood to the brain, otherwise known as reperfusion therapy. This offers a great opportunity to recover from stroke without consequences. Arrival at a hospital less than an hour after symptoms appear reduces the possibility of no consequence treatment by half. If hospitalization is delayed up to four or five hours still leaves treatment possible, but consequence-free treatment remains possible for 15-20 patients. The longer a ruptured blood vessel is left unattended, the more neurons die and the more difficult rehabilitation becomes.»

2.Rehabilitation as a critical step during treatment

Rehabilitation starts in hospital on the day after the patient is hospitalized. This increases the chances of the patient walking, speaking and living after brain damage.

3.One of four residents may experience another stroke

Treatment that helps prevent the next stroke is called secondary prevention. This includes not only maintaining a healthy lifestyle and using medication that helps reduce blood pressure and maintain cholesterol levels, as well as blood-thinning medication

Proper lifestyle can help significantly reduce the risk of a repeated stroke. This means proper dieting, physical activity, no smoking, control over stress and minimal alcohol consumption.

Activities are organized by PSKUS Neurology Clinic.

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