First-ever fully-dedicated stroke unit at The Central Hospital

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The Central Hospital, the leading edge healthcare institution in Colombo with many pioneering initiatives to its credit, has announced the setting up of the first-ever hyper acute stroke unit in the private medical sector, fully dedicated round-the-clock to take care of stroke patients. By introducing this unit The Central Hospital marks its latest trail-blazing feat in promoting futuristic and innovative healthcare for the immense benefit of Sri Lankans. A stroke undoubtedly is one of the lethal health conditions faced by people today. Like a heart attack, a stroke, which is called also a brain attack, could turn out to be fatal, unless treated accurately and in time. Fast disappearing work-life balance, lack of healthy eating habits and less physical activity in modern day living are some of the detrimental factors making people increasingly prone to non-communicable diseases including serious conditions such as stroke, which could trigger at any time and it is most unexpected. Symptoms of stroke occur very fast. The most common of them signifying the onset of stroke are drooping of the mouth to one side, difficulty or inability in moving an arm or leg on one side of the body and difficulty or slurring of speech. The Central Hospital takes pride in informing the public that the best available treatment for any person who develops such symptoms is now available at its newly-established Stroke Unit. Stroke or brain attack occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel feeding the brain, resulting in brain infarction. Due to interruption of blood supply, a stroke could precipitate permanent brain damage unless treated fast enough, as nearly two million nerve cells will die every minute once a block occurs. Hence speed and accuracy of treatment are of the essence for better recovery. Advanced medical therapies available today offer the opportunity to intervene and prevent permanent brain damage by removing the blood clot causing the stroke, if the patient obtains best treatment within the shortest prescribed timeframe. Stroke is an extremely high risk condition as there is only a very narrow time window of four-and-a-half hours available for treatment to reverse its impact to prevent permanent brain damage. If the patient could be treated within 90 minutes, chances of better recovery are much greater. Failure to administer timely treatment would cause life-long disabilities including paralysis. - The ultra modern stroke unit of The Central Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology on par with the best in the world and accomplished stroke specialists to guarantee ultimate patient care to ensure highest prospects of recovery. Advanced investigative facilities such as MRI/CT and Biplanner Digital Subtraction Angiography Unit that applies interventional radiology are designed to ensure accurate diagnosis which enables treatment to be tailored depending on the nature of the disease and complications. Moreover, facilities are also available for preventive and rehabilitative therapies to avert post attack complications and facilitate expeditious rehabilitation of patients. Whilst offering advisory and preventive healthcare management services for the benefit of the citizens, the management and the dedicated team of healthcare professionals of The Central Hospital wish to invite the public to avail themselves of the first class latest medical care facilities that are now available especially to treat serious illnesses such as stroke, which unless treated appropriately and on time, would bring about potentially devastating consequences.