| Lyna Mohamad |
MEMBERS of the public should immediately take anyone suffering from a stroke attack to the Accident and Emergency Unit for further medical attention, as this could save their life.
This was the advice given by Dr Dk Hjh Noraziedah binti Pg Hj Md Yassin, a medical specialist at the RIPAS Neurology, Internal Medical Department, during a health talk on ‘Hypertension and Stroke Among the Community and its Preventive Measure’ yesterday at the Al-’Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health.
She added that by immediately taking the victim to the hospital, it would help reduce the patients’ blood pressure should it be found to be the cause of the stroke.
The talk was carried out as part of the National Combating of Non-Communicable Diseases Campaign activities.
Medical specialist Dr Hjh Anas Naomi DP Hj Harun presented a talk on hypertension.
She highlighted that in addition to regular inspections and preventive measures, high blood pressure can be controlled through a change of lifestyle – switching to a healthy diet, reducing salt intake, exercising, quitting smoking and controlling the consumption of alcohol for non-Muslims.
She further highlighted that when a patient is diagnosed with high blood pressure, they would require lifelong treatment to control it.
Statistics recorded by the health centre in 2013 showed a high percentage of patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Among the causes of this is the failure to take medicines as prescribed by the doctor, not looking after food intake and failing to attend medical appointments.