Stroke, No. Two killer in Lanka
Stroke is the number Two cause for deaths in Sri Lanka, while the
number one reason is heart attacks, a Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry
* 80 pc of patients are
* Around 50 pc out of 80 pc
are heavy smokers, alcoholics
* 30 pc can be completely
* 10 pc of patients die
He said around 80 percent of the patients admitted to hospitals after
a stroke are males. Only 20 percent are females. Around 50 percent out
of the 80 percent male victims are heavy smokers and alcoholics, the
According to the spokesman, 10 percent of stroke patients die while
another 10 percent become paralysed.
Around 30 percent of patients can be completely cured while 50
percent can be cured with certain disabilities. But they can be cured up
to a level that they can carry out their daily routines on their own, he
Many patients who suffer from strokes die before seeking medical
treatment and some do not seek medical treatment because they believe in
other remedies such as traditional treatment. Due to this situation, the
State health authorities are unable to record the exact number of annual
stroke patient figures and other related statistics, he said.
The Ministry is focussing on setting up special units at two State
hospitals in each district to treat patients suffer from strokes.
A project will be launched to establish these units. High blood
pressure, high cholesterol level in blood, stress, diabetes, eating too
much salty and oily food, lack of exercise are some of the main reasons
causing strokes, he added.