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World Stroke Day

Web Desk (October 29, 2018): Strokes are responsible for more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

Every six seconds, someone somewhere around the globe dies from the disease.

Stroke is a condition where the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, leading to oxygen starvation, brain damage and loss of function. It can affect mobility and speech, among other aspects.

It’s a medical emergency and can happen to anyone at any time, requiring prompt treatment. Early treatment can help minimize brain damage and potential complications. There are currently 80 million stroke survivors in the world and 50 million of those have been left with some form of permanent disability.

When a stroke happens, urgent diagnosis and treatment are required to lessen the damage. Symptoms include a patient’s face dropping on one side, an inability to keep both arms lifted and slurred speech. In most cases, strokes can be treated and prevented. Treating a stroke depends on what type of stroke a patient has had and which area of the patient’s brain has been affected. Strokes are most commonly treated using medications which prevent and dissolve blood clots, reduce blood pressure and cut cholesterol levels.

Some patients may also require surgery to have blood clots removed.More recently there has been a number of medical devices created with the aim of improving diagnosis and treatment for stroke patients.

Below are four medical technologies which have been designed to aid stroke patients and should be highlighted this World Stroke Day.

Cone beam imaging:

Cone beam imaging technology allows for the accurate detection of haemorrhage, occlusion site, ischemic core, and at-risk tissue.

Cerebrotech stroke detecting visor:

the new Cerebrotech Visor device can detect emergent large-vessel occlusion in suspected stroke patients with an accuracy of 92%.

Vivistim nerve stimulation treatment:

The device has been developed by the Dallas-based company MicroTransponder and works by pairing VNS with muscle movement during rehabilitation. This stimulation leads to the strengthening of the neural circuits in the brain associated with motor function, learning and memory.

Cerenovus aneurysm device:

This device can be used to treat patients suffering from intracranial aneurysms. The device has been designed to divert blood flow from an aneurysm, which subsequently reduces the risk of rupture and a potential haemorrhagic stroke.

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