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Neurologist educates workers about stroke

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”.


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