Kolkata, Oct 29 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) To spread awareness about the causes and symptoms of a stroke on World Stroke Day, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata on Saturday launched the “Apollo Gleneagles Stroke Club” – the stroke survivors’ support group.
All stroke victims would become part of this club, which will meet once a month in the respective hospitals.
A neurophysician, physiotherapist, dietician and counselor will interact with the members- the Club would also be a platform for the members to interact with each other.
All members of the Stroke Club would get a 15% discount on out-patient investigations.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is compromised, either because of a blockage in the blood vessel, or due to a rupture of the blood vessel, resulting in bleeding into the brain. Brain cells require a continuous supply of blood, which carries oxygen and vital nutrients. If the blood supply is cut off, the brain cells begin to die.
Brain stroke, commonly causing paralysis of one half of the body, is among the top three causes of death and disability in the world- the other two being heart attack and cancer.
According to the World Stroke Organisation (WSO), One in 6 people will get a stroke in their lifetime. A stroke will cause significant morbidity and sometimes death in these patients.
In India over a million people die due to a stroke. India ranks second in the world in the number of deaths caused by stroke annually.
Addressing the conference today, Dr Rupali Basu, Chief Executive Officer – Eastern Region, Apollo Hospitals Group, said “More and more people across all age groups are falling prey to strokes at an alarmingly high rate. Simple awareness about warning signs of stroke is the most crucial to save life. We need to learn to recognize a stroke because Time Lost is Brain Lost.”
She also emphasized on the importance of emergency medical services which should be availed immediately on noticing the initial signs of Stroke and get to your nearest Stroke Care Institute right away.”
On the same occasion, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad launched the Apollo Stroke Robot, a powerful solution in stroke care. RP-7 Remote Presence Robot is a mobile robotic platform that enables the physician to be remotely present, monitorand guide treatment.
The launch of this technology was announced by Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group and Ms. Sangita Reddy, Executive Director at a press conference on the occasion of ‘World Stroke Day, on Saturday, at Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills.
“The stroke robot which we are launching today will help us in reducing the response times for stroke victims,” said Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Group of Hospitals.