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Stroke second commonest cause of death in India with one death every four minutes.

India suffers at least one stroke fatality every four minutes, claimed neurology experts at the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Friday.

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According to Dr. MV Padma Srivastava, a professor of neurology at AIIMS “In India, strokes are the second leading cause of death. Every year, over 1,85,000 occurrences of strokes are reported in India, with one stroke fatality and nearly one stroke every 40 seconds.

During a speech, Dr. Padma stated: “In India, strokes are the second leading cause of mortality.  One stroke mortality occurs every four minutes.

According to Global Burden of Diseases (GBD), with 68.6% of strokes incidence. 70.9 % of stroke deaths, and 77.7% of lost Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). India carried the majority of the burden of strokes.

These numbers are concerning for the nation because many people reside in areas with limited resources. Another worrying and significant finding of the GBD 2010 strokes experiment is the observation of 5.2 million (31%) strokes among youngsters under the age of 20.

“Despite these worrying numbers, many Indian hospitals do not provide adequate stroke care because they lack the organisation and equipment needed to treat stroke patients swiftly. The country’s strokes services, particularly those provided by public hospitals, are lacking in many areas “the expert added.

Using telestroke models in settings with limited resources is one of the options, Dr. Padma continued. The establishment of telemedicine and telestroke facilities is a critical first step in bridging the socioeconomic and geographic gaps in society.


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