The 29th of October has been declared by the World Stroke Organization as the World Stroke Day in order to inform the public about this serious cardiovascular disease.
Stroke is a cardiovascular disease and the second leading cause of death worldwide. There are 2 types of a stroke, ischemic and hemorrhagic. It is associated with high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, alcohol, and diabetes. This means that the risk of stroke is greatly affected by lifestyle choices.
Symptoms of a stroke are sudden paralysis of the arm, leg or face, confusion, dizziness, difficulty walking, talking, understanding and/or seeing and unconsciousness. In severe cases, a stroke can cause death.
The World Stroke Organization (WSO) was established in 2006, aiming to raise awareness on this matter and inform the public.
This year’s theme of the World Stroke Day is “Face the Facts: Stroke is Treatable”.