Each year, over 5 million people die due to a stroke and 5 million are left disabled. In Pakistan, there are about 350,000 new stroke cases annually and a significant number of the population suffers from hypertension or diabetes – diseases that are major risk factors for stroke.

Speaking to Dawn news at the 10th National Stroke Conference — ‘Bridging for Better Stroke Care in Pakistan’ last week, neurologist Dr Abdul Malik said that a large number of stroke cases in Pakistan are either missed or not timely diagnosed.”

There are less than 15 trained stroke specialists in the whole country, with approximately 200 available trained neurologists in Pakistan’s acute care hospitals,” he said.

According to the Lancet, 70% of strokes and 87% of both stroke-related deaths and disability-adjusted life-years occur in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The Pakistan Stroke Society (PSC) has urgently called for allocating more resources towards reducing stroke related death and disability by establishing fully equipped stroke units in hospitals

Meanwhile at the NICVD hospital, neurosurgeons successfully performed a brain stenting procedure for the first time. This involves placing a wire mesh tube (stent) in a narrowed artery to open it up. NICVD chairperson Dr Nadeem Qamar told Ary News that the patient is stable after undergoing the complex, hour-long procedure.

Patients most likely to benefit from a stent placement are those who suffer from severe intracranial stenosis (i.e. a blockage and narrowing of arteries in the brain due to fatty deposits) in whom the risk of stroke recurrence is high.

From : pk.mashable.com

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