Stroke cases increase in Chennai during pandemic

Chennai: Stroke cases see a surge in Chennai during the Pandemic, said Apollo Hosptials, adding that its OMR facility saved more than 250 patients between 20 and 80 years of age, from paralysis caused due to Stroke within a span of an eleven months since January 2020.

Added stress due to extended lockdown has also been considered as a contributing factor in stroke among young people.

According to the Indian Stroke Association, 17 million people suffer a stroke each year of which six million die and five million remain permanently disabled.

Additionally, 80 per cent of stroke deaths occur in lower- and middle-income countries including India due to inadequate preventive and stroke management facilities. Stroke cases have surged due to various factors including sedentary lifestyle, hypertension, smoking and obesity during this pandemic.

“Apollo Specialty Hospitals, OMR receive more than 250 stroke patients in the past eleven months, and most of them are under 40 years of age,” it added.


NT Bureau