Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country with over 190 million people likewise the largest economy. Though there are no accurate statistics of persons suffering stroke disease over the years and even if one were, it is likely that only people who reached hospitals would have their data included. But there is an estimation that Two Hundred thousand persons (200,000) suffer stroke yearly in Nigeria.
By George Scola
26th April 2008 was a Saturday morning and I was in the process of moving house when I began feeling dizzy, I leaned up against a wall, then proceeded to go down on to my haunches as I wanted to sit on my butt. At this point, I was not able to use my right arm to lift my right leg and it was at that particular moment that I realized something was seriously wrong. I was 37 years old at the time!
I was rushed to the hospital and received tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) treatment within 2-3 hours and remained in a hospital for a further 8 weeks for rehabilitation as fortunately, I had a private medical insurance. Read More
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Inc. (HSFB) is a non-profit organization registered under the Companies Act 1982 of Barbados registration number 269 and under the Charities Act 1979-2 registration number 82. The Foundation came to fruition thanks to the shared initiatives of The Lions Club of Barbados South, through its Health and Social Services Committee, then under the chairmanship of Mr. H. (Dru) Symmonds SCM, J.P., and the then Dr Trevor Hassell, Cardiologist, who was at that time Head of the Department of Medicine and of the Cardiac Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados. The Foundation was founded in 1985 as the Heart Foundation of Barbados and in 2006 embraced stroke prevention and management to become the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados. Read More
Stroke in young adults is common. Around 15%-20% occur in young adults and adolescents. When I am the consultant on stroke service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, I am often struck by the large number of young stroke patients, frequently with photos of their children by the bedside and poignant family discussions about prognosis and the impact on their lifestyle. Read More
By Abiodun E. Akinwuntan
With improving care due to more knowledge, early detection, medication, and better care protocols, especially in the acute phase, survival of a stroke incidence is increasing. Such care has seen stroke dropping from the third leading cause of death to the fifth in the United States. While current efforts at increasing chances of surviving a stroke occurrence are highly commendable, such efforts need to progress to ensuring the highest quality of life for the survivors. Read More