World Stroke Day


Today is 29th October, the day we celebrate as World Stoke Day to raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of stroke.

Anyone, at any time, anywhere, can experience a stroke. Stroke is currently the second greatest cause of mortality and the top cause of disability worldwide. however, almost all strokes are preventable.

World Stroke Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the serious nature and high rates of stroke. We can reduce the burden of stroke through better public awareness of the risk factors and signs of stroke.

It is essential to improve stroke prevention, access to acute treatment, and support for survivors and caregivers.

Facts and Figures about Stroke

Stroke is a condition where the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, resulting in oxygen starvation, brain damage, and loss of function. It is most frequently caused by a clot in an artery supplying blood to the brain. Hemorrhage can also cause it when a burst vessel causes blood to leak into the brain.

Stroke can cause permanent damage, including partial paralysis and impairment in speech, comprehension, and memory. The part of the brain affected and the length of time the blood supply has been stopped affect the type and the severity of the disability.

Yes, brain stroke is the second leading cause of death after Heart disease and the third leading cause of disability. Every year, approximately 18 lakhs people suffer from stroke worldwide.

It is a surprising fact that developing countries like India have witnessed an over 100 percent increase in strokes whereas developed countries have witnessed a drop of 42 percent.

The average incidence rate of stroke in India is 145 per one lakh population. According to researchers, three Indians suffer a stroke every minute.

Although the elderly age group is more commonly affected by brain stroke, however, it also can occur to anyone at any age.

The incidence of stroke increases significantly with age, however over 60% of strokes happen to people under the age of 70 and 16% happen to those under the age of 50.

The factor responsible for stroke

  • One of the main clinical risk factors for stroke is high blood pressure because of atherosclerosis.
  • There are many other risk factors, including tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol, atrial fibrillation,
  • Other factors are responsible like raised blood lipid levels, obesity, genetic disposition, stress, and depression.

When someone is having a stroke, minutes matter – it’s crucial that they receive care as quickly as possible to reduce the chances of brain damage.

Symptoms of a stroke in as under:

  • Numbness in your face or limbs, especially affecting only one side of the body
  • Confusion, difficulty speaking or trouble understanding others
  • Blurred or impaired vision in one or both eyes
  • Dizziness, difficulty walking, or balance problems
  • An excruciating headache with no known cause

Steps to prevent brain stroke:

A brain stroke can be prevented by following these steps:

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Avoid smoking

Avoid alcohol intake

Regular physical activity

Dietary modifications – limiting sodium, meats, and sweets.

Regular health check-ups


It is disheartening to see that after covid pandemic many people including celebrities died of Brain stroke, heart attack, and other mental illnesses, while they are physically fit and had no any symptom of any diseases earlier.

We do not know yet how much role post-Covid complications are playing in worsening our health to such an extent.

It is therefore necessary to minimize stress, eat healthy, stay away from alcohol and smoking, and follow a healthy routine.

 Looking at the seriousness of Brain stroke, it is important to identify stroke symptoms as early as possible and act FAST as millions of brain cells die every second following stroke.

Early intervention helps in preventing long-term disability associated with stroke. It’s high time to make people aware of the condition, the right course of treatment, and preventive measures that will help them deal with the disease.

Stay healthy, Stay happy, and Stay blessed.

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31 replies

  1. A beautiful and well researched blog sir.
    Thanks for educating 🙂

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  2. Some important days in November:
    1st November – Vegan day
    5th nov- tsunami day
    7th- national cancer awareness day
    8- guru nanak jayanti
    12- pneumonia day
    13 kindness day
    14-world diabetes day
    17- epilepsy day
    19- toilet day, mens day
    21- television day
    26- law day

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  3. Thank you for raising awareness. Stroke is, as you say, such a serious threat. I remember FAST from adverts in the UK. I try to do what I can as I believe migraines increase the risk of strokes

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  4. Beautiful and informative blog.

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  5. This is nice piece on important topic. You have mentioned act FAST. It’s so appropriate here, as it stands for Face, Arms, Speech and Time, that help recognise a stroke. But please use “developing country” instead of “low and middle-income country” for our dear country, India.

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  6. Good topic to spread awareness about! I myself suffered a hemorrhagic stroke (specifically, a subarachnoid hemorrhage, or SAH) in 2019 as the result of the rupture of a small undetected cerebral aneurysm. (I did a six-part series about it on my blog at the beginning of 2020.) My only contributing condition was slightly high blood pressure that we knew about and my doctor was keeping an eye on, but weren’t medicating it yet. Obviously if we’d known I had an aneurysm, we would’ve started on blood pressure medication before the rupture. Anyway, I came out of it pretty much intact, but the odds of that are far from favorable when you have a SAH; although it represents only a small percentage of strokes, it remains the most lethal kind, despite all the advances in treatment.

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    • First of all, I would apologize for the delayed reply.
      You have shared the practical aspect on the subject. I hope you are OK now.
      We should spread awareness in this regard.
      Thank you so much for sharing your feelings. Stay healthy and happy.


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