Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru organizes marathon to raise awareness on Stroke

October 29, Bangalore: BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru organized a marathon in the city to drive awareness on stroke. The event was executed by ‘Cheetah - The Runners’, a running group comprising of 35 doctors from BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals. This World Stroke Day, ‘Cheetah-The Runners’ collaborated with RunAddicts Group (Rajarajeshwari Nagar) and other stroke support groups to bring together around 600 runners including 10 elite runners from Sports Authority of India (SAI).‘Cheetah-The Runners’ has been actively participating in various national and international marathons and have in the past promoted awareness on stroke through similar marathons.

The marathon was flagged off at 6.00 AM from BEML Layout, Rajarajeshwari Nagar. Mr Manju – ex corporator, Rajarajeshwari ward and Dr G T Subhash, Ex Dean, Bangalore Medical College and President, Bangalore stroke group were present at the flag off. The race took place in three categories: 10 K run, 5 K run and 3 K walk. 

To commemorate the day, stroke survivors also came together to share theirinspirational journeys, in the hope that it would provide support to others in similar need. The hospital also used this opportunity to honour 3 Samaritans, Mr. Madhu, Mr. Boraiah , Mrs. Sumangala,with the title of being the winners of Good Samaritans award,who playeda crucial role in saving a person’s life after stroke. 

These Samaritans ensuredthat these patients were admitted at the hospital within the golden hour and that timely treatment was made available thereby minimizing overall damage as a result of stroke. The hospital also hosted a ‘coffee with a stroke expert’ session, which allowed for the public to interact with stroke experts in order to facilitate awareness and clarify myths on stroke. 

Dr Suryanarayana Sharma, Consultant, Neurologist & Stroke Specialist, Head – Division of Stroke & Neurosonology, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals  said, “This year, world stroke day 2018 is celebrated with the theme of “#up again after stroke” to reinstate hope among stroke survivors. Every minute after stroke, 1.9million brain cells (neurons) die and 84km of nerve fibers get permanently damaged. If patients are brought to the hospital within the golden hour of onset of stroke (4.5hrs), various advanced stroke interventions like intravenous injection of clot bursting medications, angioplasty of blood vessels to the brain can reverse the impact of stroke resulting in a good clinical outcome. Awareness about stroke and acting fast is the key to good stroke outcome. To win a marathon or to win over stroke; seconds count, minutes matter.”

At BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru, doctors treat 40-50 new stroke patients every month. A disturbing statistic, especially when you consider that many of these are very young patients. Stroke in younger patients is a matter of grave concern as it has a huge impact on public health. 10-20% of this monthly average requires intensive critical care and advanced stroke interventions. 

Ms Shailaja Suresh, CEO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru added, “Gleneagles Global Hospitals has been very active in raising awareness on strokes within the Bengaluru community. In fact, we have our own stroke support group, which helps survivors cope with life after stroke. Due to increased stress levels and sedentary lifestyles, strokes have been on the rise. Through this marathon, we not only hope to raise awareness on the issue but also instil the need for adopting a healthier lifestyle, especially in the younger generations. Building awareness is an active step in avoiding new cases of this ailment. It is our constant endeavour to increase awareness on issues faced by our communities so that we can effectively manage this calamity.”

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are major risk factors for stroke. Those affected have a higher incidence of the risk factors of stroke, and are thus more susceptible to death or disability due to stroke. Obesity/ Overweight are primary risk factors for stroke for men and women. Therefore, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru also provided basic screening of BMI, BP & RBS and provided guidance to those gathered at the event.

About BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals: The BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals in Bengaluru is a state-of-the-art, NABH facility with expertise in multi-disciplinary tertiary specialties. With over 400-beds, the hospital is one of the largest of its kind in Bengaluru and consists of 14-operation theatres, most advanced imaging facilities and has one of the largest liver ICUs in the country. The hospital caters to several key specialties including oncology, neurosurgery, liver diseases and various others. It brings advanced technologies that drive new and more effective treatments.

BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals caters to several overseas patients from around the world suffering from various disorders such as liver ailments, kidney failures, breast cancer, leukemia, neurological disorders amongst others. Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru enjoys an international repute as a center of excellence for advanced clinical care. BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals is your trusted partner for all your healthcare needs.

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