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Stroke proving a rising risk, health burden in Vietnam

HCM CITY, Vietnam (Viet Nam News/ANN) -- Statistics from HCM City Stroke Association shows that more than 200,000 people recorded suffer from strokes each year.
The 63-year-old man from the south-central coastal province of Phu Yen still has difficulty in holding anything with his left hand after recovering from a stroke he had nearly a year ago.
A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when blood vessels in the brain are blocked or ruptured, interrupting blood supply and causing brain cells to die within minutes.

A 26-year-old man from Tan Binh district was brought to the People’s Hospital 115’s vascular diseases department with paralysis of the left side of his body.

The left side of his mouth had suddenly drooped after forgetting to take medicine one day for his hypertension. The drooping is one of the warning signs of a stroke.
His family members discovered it and suspected he had a stroke and rushed to a local hospital, but his situation steadily worsened there.
He was transferred to Thong Nhat Hospital in HCM City.
“Doctors at Thong Nhat Hospital said he had been brought to the hospital late and so he would suffer from hemiplegia, or paralysis of one side of the body,” his daughter said.
At the hospital, he was given western medicines to dissolve the blood clot and improve blood flow to that part of brain together with traditional medicines, acupuncture and physical therapy.
“My father is now taken care of at home. However, his legs are still weak, making it difficult for him to walk,” she said.
Dr Nguyen Huy Thang, chairman of the HCM City Stroke Association, said: “The disabilities left by strokes are really a severe burden for families of patients and society.”
The association’s statistics show that more than 200,000 people recorded suffer from strokes each year. Strokes are the leading cause of death in the country, Thắng said at talk show on “Healthy Aging: Is stroke preventable or not?” held in HCM City HCM City Public Health Association in co-operation with Bayer.
“At the People’s Hospital 115 where I work, nearly 15,000 stroke victims are hospitalised for emergency treatment each year,” Thắng said.
According to the HCM City University Medical Centre, it admits 100-120 patients with strokes every month.
High risk of strokes in people with atrial fibrillation, hypertension and diabetes
People aged 60-70 with hypertension and diabetes are at high risk of a stroke, according to Dr Thắng.
They can get a stroke if their condition and diseases are not well controlled.
People with atrial fibrillation, which is the most common type of irregular heartbeat, also face a high risk of strokes.
“If atrial fibrillation is not treated, it increases the risk of strokes by five times. It is worrying that atrial fibrillation is not detected and treated in a timely manner,” he said.
The new generation of oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation is more effective than old ones, according to the doctor.

(Latest Update
October 28,

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