Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Vietnam - 100,000 people die of strokes every year in VN
About 200,000 people suffer from strokes every year in Vietnam, and half of them die, according to statistics from the Vietnam Association for Fighting Cerebrovascular Complications.
The figures were released at yesterday’s conference titled “Brain Stroke – A Global Issue” at the People’s 115 Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
Speaking at the event, Dr Phan Van Bau, director of the hospital, blamed stress in life and hurried daily meals as the main causes of strokes in general.
Stroke patients can recover from the disease and return to normal life if their health problem is discovered early and treated well and in time, Bau said.
Dr Nguyen Huy Thang, deputy head of the hospital’s cerebral vascular pathology deportment, said there is an increasingly large number of young people suffering from strokes in Vietnam.
The hospital has received and treated stroke patients who were under 20 years old, Thang said.
A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is the rapid loss of brain function(s) due to a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to ischemia (lack of blood flow) caused by blockages (thrombosis, arterial embolism), or a hemorrhage.
As a result, the affected area of the brain cannot function, which might result in the inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or formulate speech, or inability to see one side of the visual field.