A survey commissioned by the Indian Stroke Association (ISA) in multiple cities to understand the extent of awareness about stroke amongst the Indian population has found that Bangalore has the highest levels of awareness on stroke. The survey was conducted by IPSOS, a leading market research agency.
The reasons for the high awareness are the right education on the causes, symptoms and the immediate treatment required for stroke that exist across the citizens.
The survey was conducted across men and women aged between 25-50 years from the city. It mainly captured the respondents awareness & understanding of the term Stroke, its symptoms, perceived causes, the prevailing knowledge about treatment options and their experiences with stroke sufferers.
According to a World Stroke Association survey in 2011, only 6.2 percent of people recognized stroke symptoms. Interestingly, most Bangaloreans are aware of the symptoms of stroke and know the immediate measures to be taken when a person suffers from a stroke. Rushing to the nearest hospital is the measure that 86% of the respondents suggest, however not many know about the Stroke Excellence Centres that are operational across hospitals in Bangalore.
The IPSOS survey revealed that 68 percent of people in Bangalore associated Stroke with the brain, followed by Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai. Hyderabad and Delhi had the lowest levels of awareness. 12 percent were aware that hand or leg paralysis is a symptom of brain stroke, and early treatment of Stroke can prevent disability. However not many are aware that Stroke is a multidisciplinary approach and good stroke units can make a lot of difference in patient management within 60 minutes.