World Stroke Day - October 29th 2015

The World Stroke Organization’s theme for World Stroke Day 2015 is ‘I am Woman’. The World Stroke Campaign has chosen to focus on this theme because a woman is
►more at risk of having a stroke.
►more likely to die from a stroke than a man.
►less likely to receive acute care and rehabilitation than a man, even though she responds equally well to treatment.
►more likely to experience a severe decline in cognitive function, and runs a higher risk of post-stroke depression and instutionalization.
►more likely than men to experience hypertension, atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), diabetes, depression and obesity, all of which increase stroke risk.
►more likely to take on the caregiving role.

The WSO want more women to understand their stroke risk and take steps that will reduce the likelihood of preventable stroke. This World Stroke Day we are encouraging all women to make healthier lifestyle choices and calling on them to get a health check from a medical practitioner. Some stroke risks are also specific to women. Pregnancy related diabetes, preeclampsia, the use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy and hormonal change all increase the risk of stroke for women. World Stroke campaign

World Stroke Day 2014 - October 29th: While both men and women may be at risk from strokes, many women think they are less vulnerable, but this not so, 6 in 10 strokes deaths occur in women, and some risk factors are unique to women. Women’s Stroke Risk

Below is information about the early warning signs of a S.T.R.oke , which if noticed in time, could save a life. As the tests are easy for any member of the general public to do, we are publicising the information here.

Ask three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out today.)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue .. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

Here is a PDF of the full article which you can print or email STROKE INDICATOR

This advice is supported by the UK Stroke Association and similar advice is given in Greece


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