Survey: 85% of Mumbai Residents Aware of the Connection Between Stroke, Diabetes, and Obesity, According to Fortis Hospitals

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The most recent research conducted by Fortis Hospitals in Mumbai, with 4,981 respondents aged 18 to 70 years, indicated that 85% of participants were aware of the link between stroke, diabetes, and obesity. The extensive study aims to shed light on the complexities of stroke, particularly in women, taking into account factors such as hormonal impacts, unique symptoms, and specific risk features.

The study emphasised the importance of understanding the unique obstacles that women experience when it comes to strokes, such as hormonal impacts, atypical symptoms, and individual risk factors. Dr. S Narayani, Business Head of Fortis Hospitals in Maharashtra, led the survey, highlighting the need for increased awareness and prevention methods for women’s health.

Survey Findings:

Understanding of Stroke Symptoms: 78% of respondents were aware that stroke symptoms in females can be subtle, making it difficult to differentiate them from other medical illnesses.

Risk Factor Related: 85 percent agreed that women with diabetes and obesity had an increased risk of stroke.

Birth Control and Hormone Replacement Therapy: Eighty percent recognised that using birth control medicines could increase stroke risk for women who smoke, and sixty-three percent believed that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) could raise stroke risk before or during menopause.

Breastfeeding and Menopause: 54% agreed that breastfeeding could reduce the risk of stroke in women, whereas 63% acknowledged that the risk of stroke roughly doubles in women 10 years following menopause.

Migraine and Depression: 71% agreed that migraine, a risk factor for stroke, is more common in women than in males, and 80% agreed that a greater rate of depression may increase the likelihood of women having a stroke.

Fortis Hospitals Mumbai specialists are starting a comprehensive programme inspired by the survey’s findings to improve stroke awareness among parents, which will involve neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, and devoted nurses across many platforms.