Focus on life after a stroke


Timely thrombolysis is only one aspect of stroke care.

Rapid diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitation, improvement of the quality of life of survivors of a stroke and help with their return to work, secondary prevention and community awareness about stroke and its risk factors are part of the essential pathways that a good stroke management program would incorporate. The stroke course defines the core elements of optimal service for people with or at risk of having a stroke.

The Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology Sree Chitra Tirunal (SCTIMST) has been involved as a technical consultant to the state government to train primary care physicians in all aspects of health management. Stroke and to establish pathways for stroke care with increased emphasis on good stroke rehabilitation, which involves ensuring that community-trained health workers visit victims of stroke. Home attack at home to help them rehabilitate.

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"The government has ambitious plans to establish stroke treatment units in all district hospitals, with a focus on post-stroke care. We have already trained more than 180 primary care physicians in early stroke recognition, acute stroke care and prevention of complications. More than 1,000 health workers, including nurses, have also been trained in the care of stroke victims and their quality of life.

Stroke often leaves survivors with varying levels of disability. A trained ASHA can help families take care of victims of stroke by training them to treat a patient with a Ryles catheter or tube, basic physiotherapy, and sensitizing the patient and family to the problem. The importance of stroke prevention by scrupulously adhering to drugs and managing all risk factors. Health personnel in all districts will be phased, "says P. N. Sylaja, professor of neurology, who heads SCTIMST's comprehensive Stroke Unit.

SCTIMST also provided training to 140 physiotherapists – 70 of them in the government sector – in physiotherapy proper for stroke.

Even in the world's best stroke treatment centers, less than 10% of stroke patients are thrombolyzed due to various delays. But it is a timely and intensive management, a management of complications in the acute phase and good care after stroke that can change the lives of stroke survivors and reduce the burden of stroke. disability for families, says Dr. Sylaja.