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Hamad Medical Corporation receives nearly five stroke cases a day; awareness campaign launched

Hamad Medical Corporation receives nearly five stroke cases a day; awareness campaign launched

The Hamad General Hospital receives at least four or five new stroke cases a day. Moreover, the average age of stroke patients in Qatar is far younger than you would see in Europe or America, say officials.

Stroke is one of the leading causes of mortality and the number one cause of chronic disability in the world. Due to the high prevalence in Qatar’s population of many risk factors for stroke – including diabetes, smoking, obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension and inactivity – the incidence of stroke is high.

Dr. Naveed Akhtar, Director of the Stroke Ward at HGH explains: “Fast and specialized medical intervention is the key to successful treatment for stroke patients. Time is brain, meaning the faster treatment can be given following a stroke, the better the chances of recovery. To ensure we are able to treat stroke patients quickly, it is vital that the public know the signs and symptoms of stroke so they can identify the issue and immediately call 999 for help.”

HMC has launched a campaign to raise public awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and the correct action to take if they suspect a stroke. The campaign uses the internationally established F.A.S.T. message to highlight the major signs of stroke and reinforce the need to act quickly.

F – Face drooping: Has your face suddenly drooped on one side or do you have difficulty smiling?
A – Arm weakness: Are you unable to raise both arms?
S – Speech problems: Do you have difficulty speaking or being understood by other people?
T – Time is ticking: Call 999 immediately

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