Stroke survivors took part in a walkathon to raise awareness on stroke
A walkathon was organized today in Sector 62, Noida by Neurosurgery Department of Fortis Hospital to mark World Stroke Health Day.
The walk was led by Dr. Rahul Gupta, Additional Director of Neurosurgery, Dr. Jyoti Bala Sharma, Head of Neurology and Dr. Dina Shah, Additional Director, Department of Emergency of Fortis Hospital.
An awareness talk was also organised by Fortis Hospital to create awareness among people regarding stroke. About 20 stroke survivors took part in the walkathon and shared their story.
A survivor of stroke said, “We were very excited when the hospital told us about the walkathon. Most of us have completely recovered from the stroke. We hope this walkathon will inspire others,”
Dr. Rahul Gupta said that these stroke survivors are now leading active life and they prove that timely proper treatment help stroke survivors get back to their feet. These survivors are the living example of the fact that stroke can be cured easily with timely intervention.
Dr. Rahul Gupta said, “A stroke attack can happen to anyone and across all age groups, social strata and gender. It is alarming to see the increase in stroke cases and the age bracket for stroke decrease, as almost 12% of stroke patients are under the age of 40 years. Those suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterol and intake of oral contraceptives are especially at risk.”
Dr. Jyoti Bala Sharma said, “It is important to stress the importance of awareness programs to stress the fact that stroke is treatable and preventable.”
Dr. Dina Shah said, “Stroke in India is increasing at an alarming rate, especially among youth. The main cause for this increase includes stress levels, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. If left untreated, it can cause irrepressible damage to brain cells, impeding motor and speech skills.”
World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.