Not all stroke cases are caused by hypertension -Experts

Not all stroke cases are caused by hypertension -Experts

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In Nigeria and other developing countries of the world, stroke is the second leading cause of death, medical experts have warned.

The Medical Dictionary defines stroke as the sudden death of brain cells in a localised area, due to the interruption of blood supply to the brain, a view ascertained by experts. Citing the views of the experts, they warn that stroke is largely caused by hypertension, also known as high blood pressure and closely followed by diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity.

They explain that many people are unaware they have high blood pressure and that even the few that are aware, do not have theirs controlled, either due to lack of access to medications or due to the misconceptions about stroke, which is largely borne out of ignorance.

‘STROKE PREVALENT IN AFRICAN COUNTRIES’
A neurologist with the National Hospital, Abuja, Dr. Sunday Bwala, told The Point that 80 per cent of stroke cases were caused by hypertension and that the cases were prevalent in the developing countries of Africa, due to more genetic components in the black race than the developed nations.

Speaking further, he said that the key fatality rate of stroke in developing countries ranged from 26 per cent to 35 per cent with incidences….

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