Medical Research Track Student Nedim Leto from UiB gave a lecture on his research on stroke in the ambulance service (prehospital) affiliated with the Regional Emergency Medical Competence Center (RAKOS). He talked about the significant differences in frequency and mortality for strokepatients between different countries and regions in the world.
Every year, an estimated number of 12 million people suffer a stroke , and 6.2 million of these cases are fatal. In Norway, around 9,000 patients admitted to hospital were diagnosed with stroke. The vast majority have a cerebral infarction, a blood clot clogs a blood vessel that supplies the brain, while a small proportion (about 10%) have a cerebral haemorrhage. Leto also talked about the importance of lay people being familiar with the most common symptoms of stroke, namely sluggish or lack of speech, reduced strength in the arm and / or crooked face when smiling. Delayed recognition of stroke symptoms is the biggest time delay in the treatment of stroke patients.
If one arrives at the hospital in time, treatment with thrombolysis, or thrombectomy
("fishing of blood clots") can be provided.