Stroke ranks fourth highest death cause in Brunei


A stroke patient undergoes functional electrical stimulation at Sunway Medical Centre Velocity's Rehabilitation Centre in Kuala Lumpur. - The Star

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 30 (Xinhua): Stroke is the fourth highest cause of death in Brunei, where on average stroke patients are those aged between 55 and 60, while 17 percent of stroke sufferers are under the age of 45, Haji Mohd Isham, the country's Minister of Health said.

In his message to mark World Stroke Day, which falls on Thursday, the minister said that of all stroke patients in Brunei, 20-25 per cent is a type of haemorrhagic stroke caused by bleeding, while the rest is a type of infarct stroke caused by blood clots.

Deaths from stroke also showed an increase of 162 cases in 2019 compared to 103 cases in 2014.

The minister said stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is affected either due to blood clots or blood vessels in the part of the brain rupture which can cause bleeding in the brain.

"Stroke can also happen to anyone, anywhere and anytime.

"As is the case all over the world, stroke is a major cause of disability among the population of this country. What is more worrying, according to a recent study from the World Stroke Organisation, is that, one in four people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

"This matter must be given attention," he said.

The minister also said that the risk factors for stroke such as high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, obesity and smoking can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle and effective treatments.- Xinhua
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