India reports 18 lakh stroke cases a year: ISA

Chennai: The prevalence of stroke is on the rise in India, with as many as 18 lakh stroke cases being reported in India every year, according to the Indian Stroke Association (ISA), which has launched several initiatives to create greater awareness about stroke.

The ISA is observing October as Stroke Awareness Month and has organised dozens of programmes and events to spread general awareness about stroke and reduce its burden.

An extensive social media campaign with the hashtag #ProtectYourBrain – KnowAboutStroke is being run since October first week.

‘Stroke is a brain attack and is the leading cause of disability and second leading cause of death in India. One person has a stroke in India every 40 seconds, and one-fourth of the patients are less than 50, including a large number who are in the age group of 19-30,’ said Dr Jeyaraj Pandian, president, ISA.

 

NT Bureau