Medical Information

09 November 2018

Strokes are brain attacks. They occur when the blood supply to the brain becomes blocked. A stroke is a medical emergency that needs immediate medical attention.

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death & disability. That equates to about one person every 40 seconds.




What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when the supply of blood to the brain is either interrupted or reduced. When this happens, the brain does not get enough oxygen or nutrients, and brain cells start to die.

Approximately 40 percent of people who die from stroke are male, with 60 percent of deaths occurring in females.




The most common symptoms of a stroke are:

* Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body.

* Loss of vision or dimming (like a curtain falling) in one or both eyes.

* Loss of speech, difficulty talking, or understanding what others are saying.

* Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

* Loss of balance or unstable walking usually combined with another symptom.



Fast facts on stroke:

* During a stroke, the brain does not receive enough oxygen or nutrients, causing brain cells to die.

* Strokes need to be diagnosed & treated as quickly as possible to minimize brain damage.

* Treatment depends on the type of stroke.

* The most effective way to prevent strokes is through maintaining a healthy lifestyle and treating underlying conditions that could be a risk factor.


What Should I Do If I Experience Stroke Symptoms?

* Stroke is a medical emergency.

* Immediate treatment can save your life or increase your chances of a full recovery.

* Immediately hospitalize if you or someone you know has symptoms of a stroke.




Is it Possible to Prevent a Stroke?

Up to 50% of all strokes are preventable. Many risk factors can be controlled before they cause problems.


How to prevent stroke

Here are seven ways to start reining in your risks today to avoid stroke, before a stroke has the chance to strike.

* If you drink — stop it

* Treat diabetes

* Quit smoking

* Lower blood pressure

* Lose weight

* Exercise more


What can we do as a hospital for you to manage stroke?

* Ruhunu Hospital provides the best cardio vascular treatments for you.

* You should have regular health checks. See your doctor for regular medical checkups to help you stay healthy & to find out early warning signs of disease or illness.

* Ruhunu Hospital offers you an outpatient health checkups & indoor patient health checkups with valuable benefits. Contact us for more information 077 264 7233

* If you need help managing your cardiovascular medicines; ask from your medicine experts Ruhunu Hospital Pharmacists are there for you. Contact us if you need our assistance 076 820 0202

* If you need immediate hospitalization our ambulance service is there for you. Immediate treatment can save your life or increase your chances of a full recovery. We care your health always