Did you know that every six seconds someone, somewhere, will die of a stroke? In 2018 it was found that nearly six million people worldwide will die from this. A stroke causes more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, yet stroke remains a silent epidemic. Now is the time to act.
World Stroke Day is celebrated on the 29th of October every year. The aim of the campaign is to reduce death, disability and the impact of it can cause through better prevention, treatment and support. A stroke can cause many significant and challenging mental and physical changes in an individual’s life. But it is important to constantly work towards recovery.
The campaign’s objectives are:
• To increase awareness of stroke risk factors • To decrease high blood pressure and AF related strokes • To decrease lifestyle risk factors and behaviours at both the environmental and individual level
• To increase awareness of the signs of stroke and actions to take • To improve quality of care • To increase access to high quality stroke care
• To increase access to support after stroke • To increase support for self-management • To remove barriers to social reintegration
If you notice that you are not feeling great and not quite right, contact you Medical Practitioner just to be safe. The best advice would be to listen to your doctor on how to stay healthy and look at ways to prevent yourself from having a stroke.
If you would like to get involved with the campaign, you can find out details on the campaign’s official website here.
World Stroke Day Campaign