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Hot spell raises risk of strokes

Update: May, 16/2015 - 09:37
In April, 775 patients were hospitalised due to stroke. Most of them were from the provinces of Tay Ninh, Long An, Binh Duong and Dong Nai. — Photo baomoi
HCM CITY (VNS) — The recent hot weather has increased the risk of stroke, especially among older people, as many hospitals in HCM City have seen more patients admitted for heart problems.

Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer) Newspaper reported that the city's People Hospital No 115 admitted nearly 170 patients who had suffered a stroke in the beginning of this week. The hospital has only 130 beds.

In April, 775 patients were hospitalised due to stroke. Most of them were from the provinces of Tay Ninh, Long An, Binh Duong and Dong Nai.

Dr Nguyen Huy Thang, the head of the People's Hospital No. 115's ward for cerebral-vascular diseases, told the newspaper that the number of young patients with stroke accounted for 10 -15 per cent of the total. Many of them smoke and drink beer.

At the Nursing, Rehabilitation and Occupational Diseases Treatment Hospital in District 8, 32 patients who had a stroke have been admitted since April. Of those, 57 per cent were from the city. In March and April, the rate of hospitalised patients with stroke at the age of 50 accounted for 75 per cent while in the same period this year, the rate increased to 91.2 per cent.

According to health experts, hot weather leads to water loss and decrease in the volume of blood so there is less blood supply for the brain. At that time, people are more susceptible to a stroke.

Patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and lipid disorders should be even more careful as they are at high risk.

Signs of a stroke are headaches, dizziness or paralysis of one side of the body.

Thang said that when having these symptoms, patients should be brought to the nearest hospital.

They should be given emergency aid within 10 or 15 minutes, after they notice these symptoms. The time is considered as a "golden one" for saving someone's life.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death, following cardiac disease and cancer. — VNS

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