Monday, 8 July 2013

Can a Needle Save The Life of a Stroke Victim?


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This explanation applies both the views given below. However, I think the view expressed by Hoax Slayer appears more logical authentic. The view attributed to the 'Chinese Professor' appears doubtful.

I got a mail in my in box reading 'A Needle Can Save The Life of a Stroke Victim'. Though I was not convinced about the contents, I would have included it in this blog along with my standard  Disclaimer clauses. However, I got another mail from a friend indicating  a clear verdict from 'Hoax-Slayer' that it was a 'Dangerous Hoax.'

The first mail is purported to be from a Chinese Professor and advises pricking all ten fingures of a person who has suffered from a stroke and let them bleed. In addition prick his earlobes and bleed them and wait a few minutes, then the victim will automatically regain consciousness. Supposedly, the blood letting technique described will stop capillaries in the victim's brain from bursting. The patient will become all right after the loss of blood through his fingers and ears  He will not only survive but will be also saved from paralysis. The mail claims a case supposed to be from real life in which the patient got up, took a cup of tea and walked away.
(Probably he did not have a stroke. He might have just a stroke like temporary symptom.)

As per the Hoax slayer, this message is being circulated since 2003.  ( I got it in year 2013.) The health advice in the message is total nonsense and has no scientific or medical merit whatsoever. In fact, the spurious claims in the message are potentially very dangerous and acting on them could actually cost a stroke victim's life or cause the ongoing effects of the stroke to be significantly worse than need be.

Hoax slayer has quoted a respected American clinical neurologist Dr. Steven P. Novella as follows:
Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by bleeding into the brain. Ischemic strokes are caused by lack of blood flow to a portion of the brain. Ischemic strokes can also secondarily bleed from the damage to the brain tissue and its blood vessels.
Further, pricking the fingers or earlobes would cause (thankfully) a negligible amount of bleeding and would not in any way affect the stroke victim’s hemodynamics. And if it did, that would just worsen the stroke by decreasing brain perfusion and oxygen delivery.
But, the most concerning part of the message is its advice to wait until the victim has recovered from the initial stroke before taking him or her for medical treatment. This statement is irresponsible in the extreme and taking heed of it could have dire consequences.

Hoax slayer has quoted another Dr Jose Vega as follows:
The email conveys multiple unfounded ideas about stroke, but by far the most dangerous one of all is the suggestion that people should not be taken to a hospital until all their symptoms are resolved, on the grounds that "all the capillaries in the brain will burst on the way to the hospital." Actually even if you are into bloodletting, should you ever suspect that you or someone you know might be having a stroke, do yourself a favor and call the ambulance immediately.

A fact sheet about stroke first aid published on the Mayo Clinic website notes:
    Seek immediate medical assistance. A stroke is a true emergency. The sooner treatment is given, the more likely it is that damage can be minimized. Every moment counts.

Thus, this potentially life threatening misinformation should not be forwarded, or shared. If you receive this message, please do not send it on. And please take the time to let the sender know that the information it contains is dangerously inaccurate.

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