Common populace needs more education about Stroke

– Dr. Subhash Kaul, Sr. Consultant Neurologist, KIMS.

Kuppusamy Naidu Memorial Hospital (GKNMH) organised its 3rd Annual Stroke Update under the theme ‘Therapeutic Challenges in Acute Ischemic Stroke’ on 17.11.2019 in GKD Auditorium.

Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS) is a type of stroke in which the blood circulation to the brain is hindered and badly affects the neurological function of the body.

The program’s focus was to bring together Neurologists, Radialogists and medical professionals who treat stroke and stroke related ailments, and make them share with the gathering the guidelines, challenges and changes in practice of stroke treatment.

The Chief Guest of this event was Dr. Subhash Kaul, Sr. Consultant Neurologist, KIMS. Dr. Raghupathy Velusamy, CEO and T. Sundararajan, RMO of GKNMH took part in the program. Various members of the medical fraternity across the country shared the podium and spoke on various topics related to AIS.

Dr. G. Gnanashanmugam, Consultant Neurologist, GKNMH welcomed the gathering. He conveyed that Science/Technology, Knowledge about Stroke treatment and treatment options are all progressing in the world but at the same time awareness about Stroke among the public at a community level is poor.

He said some medical professionals fail to update themselves about the recent and latest treatment options available for stroke and this program aims to prevent that and provide the needed knowledge resource.

Dr. Ragupathy Velusamy in his address stated that 85% of stroke burden falls on people in low income countries like India. He mentioned that incidences of stroke in India is on an exponential rise in India;  and for hospitals, there is a need for a well-orchestrated Stoke team and Technology to get the best outcomes from the treatment.

He said it is time for those who have an obligation towards society to start Centers of Excellence in Stroke. He also mentioned that in the upcoming days, GKNMH will unveil an Biplane Cathlab that is exclusively dedicated to treat Stroke cases.

The Chief Guest remarked that every medical professional is a teacher to society around him. General public are innocent about the adverse effects of smoking, drinking or sedantary lifestyle; and they must be educated about the negative effects of the poor habits they practice. Talking about Stroke, he said awareness about it must be made and hospitals should be Stroke-ready.

The knowledge Sharing Academic Sessions began immediately. It had three expert panel members : Dr. Subhash Kaul, Dr. M. B. Pranesh and Dr. Swati Holbe.

Several doctors spoke on the topics including : Therapeutic Challenges in IV Thrombolysis, Challenges in Acute Ischemic Stroke, Challenges in Venous Stroke, Cerebrovascular Ultrasound in Stroke Prevention and Treatment, Therapeutic Challenges in Embolic Stroke, Therapeutic Challenges in Wake up Stroke, Therapeutic Challenges in Mechanical Thrombectomy, Therapeutic Challenges in Pediatric Stroke and Recent Guidelines & Changes in Practice.

The doctors presented their challenging cases and conveyed about the treatment they provided. The panel members and other participating doctors raised questions and shared their insights.

Dr. Rasmiranjan Padhi, Consultant Interventional Radialogist, GKNMH was the organizing chairperson of this program while Dr. G. Gnanashanmugam and Dr. K. Aruna Devi, Consultant Neurologists, GKNMH were the organizing secretaries of the event.

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