Stroke is the second leading cause of mortality in India, with one stroke death occurring every four minutes.
Stroke is the second leading cause of mortality in India, with one stroke fatality occurring every four minutes, according to neurologist M V Padma Srivastava.
Srivastava remarked at an event that India bore the greatest burden of stroke, with 68.6 percent incidence, 70.9 percent stroke fatalities, and 77.7 percent disability adjusted life years (DALYs) lost.
She was speaking during an International Women’s Day oration held at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Srivastava presented the oration on ‘stroke care and its key preventative techniques in inadequate resource settings in India’.
Srivastava added – In India, stroke is the second leading cause of mortality. In India, over 1,85,000 strokes occur each year, with one stroke occurring every 40 seconds and one stroke fatality occurring every 4 minutes. According to the Global Burden of Diseases (GBD), India borne the lion’s share of the stroke burden, accounting for 68.6 percent of stroke incidence, 70.9 percent of stroke fatalities, and 77.7 percent of disability adjusted life years (DALYs) lost.
These results are concerning for India, she said.
Srivastava explained – Another frightening and noteworthy finding of the GBD 2010 stroke research is 5.2 million (31%) strokes were in youngsters aged less than 20 years. The stroke burden is higher in India, particularly among younger and middle-aged persons.
Despite these troubling statistics, Srivastava pointed out that many Indian hospitals lack the essential equipment and organisation to treat stroke patients swiftly and efficiently, and hence do not provide proper stroke care.
The occasion also featured motivating remarks by three notable hospital faculty members.