HELLO. So world stoke day Kenyatta university chapter organized by Stowelink in collaboration with Stroke Association of Kenya just concluded the other week.
Below are top ten things you didn’t know about stroke.
1 – Stroke is a brain “attack.”
Stroke is a neurological injury related to the death of
brain cells due to lack of oxygen. Without oxygen, brain
cells shut down and can die in six minutes.
• Stroke is the third-leading cause of death
after heart disease and cancer.
• 800,000 will have a stroke this year, and up
to 50 percent will die within a year of having a stroke.
CEO STOWELINK INC with some of the attendees
2 – Stroke symptoms strike fast.
Signs of stroke include:
• Inability to speak clearly or follow commands
• Difficulty moving arms or legs on one side of the body
• Changes in the appearance of the face (drooping
of one side, inability to close one eye or one side of
3 – There are two types of stroke.
Ischemic (ih-skee-mik): 80 percent of strokes occur
when part of the brain loses its supply of oxygen-rich
blood. is is o en due to a clot plugging the ow of
blood in an artery.
Hemorrhagic (hem-uh-raj-ik): Bleeding into the brain
can result in decreased blood ow and can cause up to
20 percent of strokes.
captured during the training.
4 – Stroke is an emergency: Call 911
If you or someone you know develop signs or symptoms
of a stroke, call 911 immediately. Seconds count, so
don’t delay! Treatment depends on how quickly a stroke
victim gets to the hospital.
Individuals with stroke who use emergency services
(such as transportation via ambulance) are diagnosed and
treated more quickly.
5 – Managing stroke requires a team approach.
Individuals are quickly evaluated to nd out how big a
stroke is and why it is happening. is requires a combination
of physical examination and CT (or CAT) scan
or MR imaging. Stroke treatment requires coordination
of a stroke team including ER physicians, neurologists,
interventional radiologists and critical care specialists. All
hospitals can provide basic stroke evaluation; however,
specialized centers can provide more advanced care.
Stowelink INC family happy people
6 – Intravenous (IV) treatment
Studies have shown that this treatment is effective
and can be performed safely in patients whose stroke
symptoms have not been present for more than four
and a half hours. is treatment is approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is currently
the standard of care for ischemic stroke.nals
7 – Intra-arterial (IA) treatment
For individuals with ischemic stroke symptoms present
for more than four and a half hours (but less than eight
hours) or patients at risk for bleeding related to clotbusting
medicines, intra-arterial treatments are available.
Treatments may include delivery of clot-busting medication
directly into the clot and/or physical removal of the
clot from the blood vessel.
These treatments have a 10–15 percent risk of causing
bleeding into the brain but a much smaller risk that the
bleeding will cause worsening of the stroke or death.
These specialized treatments are available at select
stroke centers and have been developed and proven to
work by interventional radiologists.
Stowelink INC officals with Stoke association of Kenya officials after the training.
8 – What are possible stroke outcomes?
If untreated, stroke leads to significant disability and
death. It is estimated that 50 percent of stroke patients
will require long-term care and assistance with daily tasks
if they survive, 40 percent have moderate impairments
requiring special care and 15 percent of stroke victims will
die within a year. A quarter of stroke victims will recover
with minor symptoms.
9 – What are specific risk factors for stroke?
• Prior mini-stroke or transient ischemic a ack (TIA):
brief stroke symptoms that go away after a few
minutes or hours
• High blood pressure
• Atrial brillation
• Cigarete smoking
• High cholesterol
• Being overweight/obese
Stroke Association of Kenya giving their presentation.
10 – You can help prevent a stroke.
Risk factor modification
If you have any stroke risk factors (see #9), you should
see your doctor frequently and take all medicines as
prescribed. Consider modifying your behavior. For
example, if you smoke, please quit. If you are overweight,
please try losing those extra pounds.
“Amazing work done,you will change the world because you must,a lot of people now depend on you to make this change” A commentary made by one of the trainees which touched me to the core.
We can and we will.
At stowelink we want to appreciate the reviews that are coming through.A lot of positive reviews, some critics and suggestions.This is what keeps us going. This post is also to thank you again and to show you just how big the event was,so enjoy the pictorials on this post.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF myHeart_KE eventCEO STOWELINK INC – MR OGWENO STEPHEN
STOWELINK CO ORDINATOR MR HARRIZON AYALLO IN WHITE
STOWELINK SPECIALIST ON CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH-PASCAL OLULO
STOWELINK SPECIALIST ON GENDER BASED ISSUES -MR FELIX OCHIENG
GUEST DOCTOR FROM LIBERIA.
STOWELINK EXCUTIVE IN MAROON -MR AMOS OMWOYO
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