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Woman suffers stroke after using mobile phone for 20 hours

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Mobile phone addicts, here is a compelling reason to put that device away. A Chinese woman nearly died of a stroke after using her mobile phone for 20 hours.

During the long train ride from Henan to Gangzhou, she swiped at her phone to pass the time. With the carriages packed full of people, the woman in her 40s barely moved from her seat.

It seemed like any regular journey until she got off the train. She fainted at the station and was rushed to Jinan University First Affiliated Hospital where she was found showing symptoms of a stroke.

CT and MRI scans showed that blood clots had caused a blockage on the left side of her brain. Turning the head to look at the mobile phone for prolonged periods of time can compress the neck’s blood vessels, said Dr Meng, the hospital’s deputy director of neurology.

He advises mobile phone users to adopt good postures while using the devices, and to take frequent breaks.

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