World Stroke Week is being marked this week to raise awareness about the symptoms of stroke and importance of taking treatment for recovery. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, strokes claim nearly 70 lives daily in South Africa. They occur when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, and without blood which carries oxygen brain cells can be damaged or die. Depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated, the effects of stroke can be devastating to a person’s body, mobility, speech, as well as how they think and feel. To talk more on World Stroke Week, we are joined in the studio Professor Feroza Motara, Academic Head of emergency medicine at Wits Faculty of health sciences and Head of emergency unit at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic hospital.
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