3 Indians suffer a stroke every minute and don’t know it !

Stroke Incidence
  • Three adults suffer from a stroke every minute in India and around 5 million people are disabled globally due to the same each year. Yet, half the residents of metros in India are unaware of strokes and their link to the brain.
  • Increasingly younger people are becoming vulnerable to strokes, reasons for which vary from lifestyle to ignorance about the problem itself.
  • The survey covered 1,507 people aged between 25 and 50 years in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Chennai. It mainly captured the respondents’ awareness and understanding of the term stroke, its symptoms, perceived causes, the prevailing knowledge about treatment options, and their experiences with stroke sufferers.
  • Worldwide, 20 million people suffer from stroke each year, five million die and another five million are disabled. It is estimated that one in six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. In India, 1.5 million suffer from stroke every year and 3,000 to 4,000 are affected each day.

According to the survey, 48% of people did not even know what stroke meant !

Oct. 2013 : 3 adult Indians suffer from stroke every minute in India, but don’t even know it. About 50 % of metro residents don’t know what stroke means and its link to brain !

Some more updates on awareness of stroke in India :
October 2019 : A 2017 survey conducted by ICMR found that there are 105-152 cases of stroke per 100,000 Indians. Every minute, 3 Indians suffer a stroke. Indians are at a higher risk of developing strokes compared with people living in the US.
June 2019 : Every 20 seconds, one Indian suffers a brain stroke, or three every minute, and the numbers are increasing alarmingly due to changing lifestyles.
March 2019 : Less than 1% of stroke patients in India get treatment within golden window.

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