Monday, October 26, 2015

October 29 is World Stroke Day

World Stroke Day is on Thursday, October 29th, 2015.

The World Stroke Organization’s theme for World Stroke Day 2015 is ‘I am Woman.'

Did you know that 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 institutionalization?
-  more likely than a man 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?

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.

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.

Stroke affects women, stroke affects everyone. Be part of World Stroke Day 2015.

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