Daiichi Sankyo supports World Stroke Day 2018
Every six seconds someone somewhere in the world dies of stroke.1 We support the global campaign #WorldStrokeDay on 29 October to raise awareness of stroke prevention, treatment and support.
Stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die. Depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated, the effects of stroke on survivors can be devastating to a person's body, mobility and speech, as well as how they think and feel. Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is associated with consequences such as stroke. It is a common condition, affecting approximately two or three out of a hundred people in developed nations. Detecting an irregular heart rhythm might be as simple as a manual pulse check with any unusual rhythm verified by an electrocardiogram (ECG). Learn how to check your pulse in this video.
We need to act now
Together with World Stroke Day we want to focus attention on this often underestimated condition and place a spotlight on stroke as a global epidemic that threatens lives, health and thus the quality of life. Thereby we especially would like to emphasize that we need to act now!
About World Stroke Day 2018
World Stroke Day (29 October) provides an annual opportunity for stroke stakeholders to coordinate awareness and advocacy campaigns and build commitment to reducing the burden of stroke at global, regional and local level. By creating a global platform, World Stroke Day amplifies individual voices and brings more people into the conversation about stroke prevention treatment and support. The worldwide day is not only aimed at increasing global awareness but also to educate about the causes, risk factors, symptoms and stroke prevention possibilities.
Follow us on Twitter (@EUdaiichisankyo) to join our countdown to #WorldStrokeDay18!