By Daud Olatunji
A Consultant Neurologist at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, OOUTH, Prof. Yomi Ogun, has called for increased focus on prevention of stroke.
Ogun, who made this known in Abeokuta during a workshop training programme for health workers in Ogun State said stroke arises from ageing, hypertension, obesity, etc.,said the secondary way of preventing stroke is through blood pressure control, diabetes management, and engaging in physical activity.
On the occasion, Neurologist Consultant of Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Dr. Rufus Akinyemi, described stroke as the leading non-communicable cause of mortality in Nigeria.
He also refers stroke to as “Brain Attack” or “Cerebrovascular Accident” and brain injury that develops suddenly as a result of blockage or rupture of blood vessels which supply the brain.
Presenting the topic: “Is this stroke or not?, Neurologist and Consultant LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, stated: “Transient Ischaemic Attack, TIAs, are mini strokes, but the blockage of the artery clears itself very quickly and the symptoms only last a few minutes or hours.
“TIAs are important because they warn of future strokes and treatment can reduce the risk of having a stroke”.