Mdm Zaiton Jaffar was at work in Dec 2012 when she suddenly felt weak on one side and fell off her chair. Half an hour later she was feeling better and visited her family doctor who told her she had high blood pressure and should go home to rest. But a few days later she was feeling unwell again so went to the emergency department at Singapore General Hospital. An MRI showed she had had a mild stroke and had treatment to prevent another stroke from occuring. When Mdm Zaiton was discharged home, she still had weakness in her fingers. Till today she still has difficulty getting dressed and doing housework but she forces herself to such tasks every day to practice. Mdm Zaiton now volunteers with the Singapore National Stroke Association where she encourages stroke survivors to focus on their rehabilitation and not to give up. Latest figures from the Singapore Stroke Registry reported 8,300 stroke in 2018. A/Prof Deidre De Silva, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Neurology, NNI@ SGH Campus explained the difference between ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke and shared that 80% of stroke can be prevented by controlling risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity.
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