Stroke: A spooky tale in reverse
By Dr. Shivangi Shankar
Let us begin this spooky tale
backwards, so- this ail
arises when the brain
or its parts are in strain
due to dearth of the blood it needs
but can’t get due to bleeds
or blocked, choked arteries
and so die, brain cells, these.
Then we get what we call stroke
You ask, but how do we know?
Well here’s a memory aid-
FAST. F stands for Face
(smile drooping on a side)
A for Arms that cannot rise
S for Speech incoherent/slurred
As soon as you grasp what has occurred
T is for Time, that you must save
Call an ambulance lest it get more grave.
So remember, act F-A-S-T.
Etch this one in memory.
Let us now go back to before
back to when there was no stroke.
What was there? I hear you ask
Well, let’s get down to the task.
There could be a couple of things-
Hypertension, diabetes possible beginnings
of all that could lead up to stroke
there’s also heart disease and those who smoke.
Hypertension uncontrolled often
is the culprit, if you soften
and miss regular BP meds
You’re likely to end up in hospital beds.
Let us go back furthermore
Pardon me, but we can’t ignore
the bit before hypertension
where lifestyle, genetic predisposition
slowly creep up on the person
and slyly, quietly- worsen and worsen.
Now that we have gone so far
I hope you remember where you are
in this perilous journey to stroke
(Really good time to ditch that smoke)
Maybe cut down the salt and get moving,
control diabetes, keep on improving.
See your doctor, ask them how
You can proactively prevent stroke now.
For information visit: https://www.who.int/southeastasia/news/speeches/detail/world-stroke-day-2019