MYTHS AND REALITIES ABOUT STROKE

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Myth
Stroke is not treated in the hospital.

Reality
All stroke patients should be treated in the hospital and evaluated to find out why the stroke occurred and prevent a recurrence

Myth
A man can only suffer a stroke once in a lifetime.

Reality
Stroke can happen as many times as possible

Myth
Stroke patients should never be injected

Reality
Some of the first drugs used in the treatment of strokes are injected

Myth
The weak hand and leg of a stroke patient are where the problems are and where treatment should be applied

Reality
The brain is where stroke occurs. The weak hand and legs are the result of the damage done to the brain.

Myth
Stroke is caused by an evil arrow, there is nothing one can do to prevent it.

Reality
9 out of 10 persons who suffer a stroke had poorly controlled hypertension at one time or the other. The greatest risk factor for stroke is poorly controlled hypertension.

Myth
Stroke is a disease of old people

Reality
Stroke can occur in both the young and old. Anybody after age of 45 years is at risk of stroke, particularly if he/she has uncontrolled hypertension.

Myth
After a man suffers a stroke, get anybody to massage the weak hand and leg to recovery

Reality
After a stroke, only a trained Physiotherapist should be engaged for quick and better recovery.

Myth
Do not rush a stroke patient to the emergency ward. Wait for a few days so that they do not inject him with drugs.

Reality
Stroke patients who present early have the best chance of complete recovery

Myth
Nobody recovers from Stroke

Reality
Many patients that were expertly treated fully recovered.

Myth
After they discharge a patient with stroke, he should go home and never return to the hospital again as he has no business there anymore.

Reality
All stroke survivors must be followed up in the stroke outpatient by doctors to prevent a repeat stroke.

Myth
Anybody with a weak hand and leg must have a stroke

Reality
Stroke can present differently from weakness of the hand and leg. It is not the weakness of the hand or leg that makes it a stroke, it is because the brain was attacked.


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