Did you know that 1 in 4 of us will have a stroke in their lifetime?1 A stroke can happen to anyone, at anytime and anywhere. It is a major cause of disability worldwide and the second leading cause of death2. However, most strokes could be prevented by taking a few simple steps.
Together with World Stroke Day, which is is observed on October 29 each year, we want to underscore the serious nature and high rates of this life-threatening medical condition. We would also like to raise public awareness about the importance of stroke risk assessment and different preventions measures.
What is a stroke?
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.
Every minute counts: Do the FAST test!
The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered and checked with the word FAST.
Face – is the face drooping to one one side?
Arms – is there a weakness in one arm?
Speech – is speech slurred or garbled?
Time – if these symptoms are present it is time to call emergency services!
About World Stroke Day
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.