Thursday, May 7, 2020

Stroke Rehabilitation Program is imperative for Stroke patients

 India witnesses a 100% increase in the incidences of stroke
 Post-stroke, home rehab and therapy centres are the best options for recovery

06 May, Mumbai, 2020: In India, Stroke is the most common cause of mortality and chronic adult
disability is one of the largest contributors to the total burden of mortality. It has been observed that
incidences of stroke in India have increased by nearly 100% while developed countries witness a
drop of 42%.

According to WHO, globally, stroke is the second leading cause of death and third leading cause of
disability. 1 Recent data shows that about 15% of strokes occur in people <45 years of age and
currently, India is facing a double burden, as experts are concerned about the emerging stroke
epidemic in India. Despite its enormous impact on socio-economic development, this growing crisis
has received very little attention to date.

There is limited evidence available regarding the patients’ journey during the period and discharge
from hospital post-stroke. Additionally, the lack of organized stroke rehabilitation and recovery
services, coupled with a patient’s condition, makes accessibility a huge challenge.

Dr. Shirish Hastak, Neurologist, Global Hospitals, Mumbai stresses on the necessity of post-stroke
rehabilitation, “The severity of stroke and its complications varies in each person, the ability to
recover is different.  In a moderate or severe stroke an early and systematic comprehensive
rehabilitation post-stroke program can help the patient to relearn skills and regain independence

Understanding Stroke and Importance of Post Stroke Rehabilitation
A stroke potentially is a life-threatening condition arising
when the brain is disrupted through either a blocked
blood vessel in the brain (ischemic stroke) or a ruptured or
burst blood vessel in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke).
Stroke can happen to anyone, therefore, post-stroke
rehabilitation and therapeutic care at home and clinics
play an important part as these programs increase
patients’ chances of better recovery and resumption of
their daily activities with minimal support.

Experts believe that post-stroke, home rehab and therapy
centres are the best options for recovery. However, as per the study, for 80 lakh existing patients
and 10 lakh new patients (per year,) there are only 35,000 physiotherapists. Therefore, a paradigm
shift in the way Neurorehab is delivered to patients is required.
SynPhNe India is one of the key players in the market that provide wearable technology solutions
that can help patients with post-stroke rehabilitation among many others.


Common symptoms of Stroke are:
1. Numbness or weakness in the face, arm,
or leg
2. Trouble speaking, or difficulty
understanding speech
3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both
4. Dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of
5. Impairment or loss of consciousness

Stroke can be effectively managed by recent advances in the technology and strict adherence to the
treatment. The high prevalence of stroke in India is an alarm for an urgent need to systematically
monitor the prevalence of stroke in India and develop strategies to reduce preventable morbidity,
mortality and adverse economic consequences due to stroke.

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