Time is brain when it comes to stroke response. 38 year old young female patient was doing her regular household activities when she suddenly felt weakness on right side, and she immediately rushed to Metro Hospital, Faridabad’s emergency department where on examination she had a complete paralysis of right side of body. She could not move her right leg at all. CT scan was done immediately which detected blood clot in her left brain artery. She was immediately thrombolysed with an injection called alteplase which dissolves the blood clot in the brain artery. After thrombolysis, patient improved completely& she started walking without any support.
Patient had a history of rheumatic heart disease, she developed stroke because of her heart valve disease. She was thrombolysed by Dr. Rohit Gupta, Sr. Consultant, Neurology Department. He said, “Thrombolysis injection dissolves the clot in the vessel supplying blood to the brain and blood flows again starts & paralysis reverses. There is no age limit for thrombolysis.We have thrombolysed more than 275 paralytic patients with excellent results.
He further added"Stroke is as serious as a heart attack, so a person needs to seek immediate medical help. The quicker a person arrives at hospital, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment to minimize the impact of stroke.”
Stroke/Paralytic attack can occur even in young patients below 40 years of age. 10-15% of all stroke/paralytic attacks occur in less than 40 years of age. This Injection/thrombolytic therapy can be done in any patient above 18 years of age & results are excellent in young patients. The window period of thrombolysis is 4.5 hours. The patient should reach hospital as early as possible.
Stroke may have devastating consequences with respect to quality of life and work ability. Although young patients have better chances of surviving a stroke and achieve better recovery than older individuals.
Dr. S.S Bansal, Sr. Interventional cardiologist & M.D of Metro Hospital, Faridabad said that "We want more people to learn the termFAST and share it with their friends and family to help others to save lives, and improve the chance of a better recovery for those who experience stroke."