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  Awareness of Stroke in the Population Presenting to Outpatient Clinics at a Tertiary Health Institution [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. 2020; 26(2): 149-152 | DOI: 10.4274/tnd.2020.47887  

Awareness of Stroke in the Population Presenting to Outpatient Clinics at a Tertiary Health Institution

Buket Tuğan Yıldız, Mustafa Gökçe, Hamza Şahin
Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Department of Neurology, Kahramanmaras, Turkey

Objective: Stroke is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In recent years, the importance of the awareness of this disease has increased by the use of time-based emergency treatments such as intravenous thrombolysis and thrombectomy. In order for patients to benefit from these treatments, society needs to have enough awareness of stroke.
Materials and Methods: In our study, we aimed to determine the awareness of stroke by using a questionnaire on a population presenting to a university hospital.
Results: Two hundred participants were included. The average of age was 34.9±14.3 (range, 18-78) years. The participants knew the word paralysis (felç) more (82.5%) than stroke (inme) (50%). The most known symptom/sign of stroke was weakness and loss of sensation on one side of arm and leg; the least known sign of stroke was visual loss. Only 5 out of 200 participants were aware of all stroke symptoms.
Conclusion: Society needs to be informed more about stroke in order for patients to benefit from these emergency treatments.

Keywords: Stroke awareness, thrombolysis, thrombectomy, emergency stroke treatment


Buket Tuğan Yıldız, Mustafa Gökçe, Hamza Şahin. Awareness of Stroke in the Population Presenting to Outpatient Clinics at a Tertiary Health Institution. Turk J Neurol. 2020; 26(2): 149-152

Corresponding Author: Buket Tuğan Yıldız, Türkiye


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