80% strokes can be prevented with lifestyle changes: DAK on World Brain Day

SSRINAGAR:  On world brain day, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Saturday said 80 percent of stroke cases can be prevented through changes in lifestyle.

“Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking and maintaining the right weight can prevent most of the strokes,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

In a Statement, Dr Hassan said over the years stroke cases are on the rise in Kashmir valley. Not only elderly, we are seeing increase in number of strokes among younger people.

“One big factor for this spike is junk food which has largely replaced homemade food,” he said adding another reason for the surge in strokes is sedentary life style.

The DAK President said Junk food and physical inactivity is pushing more people towards obesity.

Weight gain has been linked to diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol which are the key factors that lead to stroke.

“In order to reduce the burden of stroke in the community, it is important to encourage people to eat healthy food and stay active.

People should take diet rich in fruits and vegetables, limit salt intake and avoid fast foods,” he said.

Stroke is a brain attack and is the leading cause of disability and second leading cause of death in Kashmir.

“There is a dire need to make people familiar with the symptoms of stroke which can include face drooping, limb weakness, speech difficulty, numbness, confusion or trouble speaking, trouble seeing, trouble walking and severe headache,” said Dr Nisar.

“Because of lack of awareness, many patients ignore stroke symptoms and don’t seek medical attention in time which results in poor outcome.”

“Time is the essence when it comes to stroke and sooner they receive treatment, the better the chances of survival,” he said.

“Although the benefits of early treatment in these patients are clear, only a miniscule number of patients receive optimally timed treatment,” he added.

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