A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time and anywhere. Stroke is the leading cause of disability worldwide and the second leading cause of death. One in four people will have a stroke in their lifetime. Despite such a humongous occurrence, most stroke patients fail to get quick and prompt treatment because of lack of awareness in the general public.
From the moment the stroke symptoms start, the clock starts ticking. Even though stroke symptoms are abrupt in onset, the process in the brain is progressive and needs to be halted or reversed as early as possible Every minute that passes can destroy approximately 2million neurons. Ischemic stroke can be managed by a clot dissolving drug administered intravenously in suitable patients within 4.5 hours of symptom onset. The other standard of care treatment is called Thrombectomy which allows trained doctors to remove (pull out or suck out) the clot from the brain vessels by special devices which are threaded up into the brain vessels from the thigh vessels, much like a cardiac catheterization. This therapy is effective upto 6 hours from the stroke onset but can be extended upto 24hours in certain selective patients.
Once someone suffers from symptoms suggesting of stroke, one should not ignore the symptoms. Stroke should be immediately recognized by the symptoms (BEFAST). Once a diagnosis of stroke is considered, it is a medical emergency and the patient should receive immediate and prompt treatment. It is important that early time is not lost. Stroke patients should be managed promptly in hospitals capable of managing stroke patients.
Neurological assessment, radiographic evaluation and other laboratory tests should be performed promptly upon arrival at the hospital and stroke patients eligible for intravenous clot dissolving drug and/or thrombectomy should receive the therapies as early as possible.
This application aims to provide stroke patients with some locations,contact numbers of possible hospital/ medical facilities around them with real time and google map guidance so that the patients may reduce the time from symptom onset to medical therapy which can translate into better stroke outcome.
The centers/medical facilities have not been certified by ISA nor by the application providers and have been selected based on the facilities provided including self declaration by the centers/ medical facilities in various cities and towns all over India.
Most of the people in metropolitan cities are aware of where to rush patients in the event of an emergency like stroke they are unaware of where to rush especially when travelling to other parts of the country. The app would be extremely helpful for foreign tourists travelling to India in identifying Stroke ready hospitals in the event of an emergency. Patients in smaller towns and villages are also unaware of medical facilities where stroke management can be offered. The app aims to bridge the gap between stroke patients and prompt treatment.