World Stroke Day

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World Stroke Day : Keep yourself safe by changing your routine

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World Stroke Day on October 29th: World Stroke Day occurs every year on 29 October. The celebration of ‘Global Awareness Day’ was initiated by World Stroke Federation (WSF). It provides a global platform for people to raise awareness and take action on strokes around the world. A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked by a clot or rupture. This can have harmful and disabling effects on the body depending on the extent and location of the damage as different areas of the brain are responsible for controlling different functions. Torn blood vessels can also cause serious damage, such as a brain hemorrhage. This is extremely important when treating stroke patients. Hence the need for stroke-prepared hospitals.

Under what circumstances does a stroke occur?

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die. The effects of a stroke can be short-term and long-term, depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly it is treated. World Stroke Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the serious nature and high rates of stroke, and to talk about ways in which better public awareness of its risks and signs of stroke is being spread.

Signs of Stroke

Stroke can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere. Today, stroke is the leading cause of disability and the second leading cause of death worldwide, but almost all strokes are preventable. The following are some signs to identify a stroke: loss of movement, feeling, or vision on one side of the body along with dizziness, confusion, and difficulty speaking. People who smoke, have high blood pressure or cholesterol, diabetes and obesity are at a higher risk of suffering a stroke. Stroke survivors experience widespread disabilities, including difficulty with mobility and speech, as well as having a wide impact on how they think.

Meaning of World Stroke Day

Stroke is such a serious problem, affecting 1 out of every 4. Its effects can include severe physical disability, trouble speaking, and changes in the way they think and feel. It is therefore essential to improve the prevention and treatment of this stroke and to provide continued support with rehabilitation and life after stroke. In today’s time, there is a need to increase awareness about the symptoms of stroke and timely access to its treatment so that the damage caused by it can be minimized.

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What is the History of World Stroke Day?

The World Stroke Federation (WSF) celebrated the first World Stroke Day in 2006. The organization came into existence in the same year after the merger of the International Stroke Society (ISS) and the World Stroke Federation (WSF). WSO is a non-profit agency that works to raise awareness about stroke and help stroke survivors get back into their lives.

Preventive Measures of Stroke

The incidence of stroke increases significantly with age, although more than 60 percent of strokes occur in people under the age of 70 and 16% in those under the age of 50. Knowing the signs of stroke and getting emergency medical care right away can save lives and improve outcomes for survivors. To avoid this, it is very important to focus on physical activity. As a preventive measure, you can keep your chances of a stroke to a minimum by limiting your alcohol intake, controlling your weight, and quitting smoking. Source: PIBS

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