Stroke..A Timely Reminder

Some friends asked me how can they know when someone has a stroke and what they should do about it. Its summarised quite well on this chart.

A few words about the last point –  stroke is a medical emergency. If given through the veins within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke, by dissolving the clot that caused the blockage.  In some cases, the stroke may be completely cured. As this drug can only be given in hospital, its important to transport a person suspected of a stroke to the Emergency Department as soon as possible.

3 responses

  1. Hi Dr Ridwan, thank you for such a lovely website!! I am currently working as a HO in a government hospital, would you happen to know which major Malaysian government/private hospitals do have tPA? It is saddening for me to see so many stroke patients go untreated here– if they could afford to go somewhere else I would definitely let them know..

    1. Hi Dr Sia,
      Most of the larger private hospitals in the Klang Valley have facilities for this procedure but I would advise you to contact the Emergency Department first as there can be administrative delays, like lack of beds, which may jeopardise the tight window period that such patients are subjected to.
      Thanks for reading my blog.

  2. Appreciating the hard work you put into your site and detailed information you present.
    It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed
    information. Excellent read! I’ve saved your site and I’m
    adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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