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2nd May, 2017
Ignoring warning signs of stroke may be risky

A survey conducted by the American Stroke Association has found that one in three American adults experienced a symptom consistent with a warning or "mini" stroke, but almost none took the recommended action. 
The survey was conducted as part of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Together to End Stroke and included 2,040 adults. Thir; of these 35% reported having experienced at least one sign of a warning stroke, called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or mini stroke, where the symptoms are similar to a stroke but last for few minutes and not beyond 24 hours. Rather than immediately call 911, these individuals were more likely to wait, rest or take medicine.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause was the most common symptom reported (20%). The second most common was sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination (14%).
  • Those who experienced trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg were most likely to call 911 (5%).
  • About 77% of people surveyed had not heard of a TIA.
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New Delhi, 01 May 2017: Statistics indicate that Asthma affects about 300 million people globally with about 250,000 people around the world dying prematurely due to this condition. About 80% of asthma deaths occur in low-income countries. It has been estimated that asthma will grow by more than 100 million by 2025. The picture is not too good in India either which has 20 million asthmatics with the burden higher than TB and HIV combined. With asthma cases grossly under-diagnosed and under-reported due to lack of knowledge among the general population, the condition is only likely to exacerbate.
As in every year, the first Tuesday in May this year too, is being observed as the World Asthma Day. With the theme "You can control your asthma", the day this year aims at increasing awareness on asthma among people, and reiterate that this condition can be controlled with medication.
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