World Stroke Day
World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.
Why is World Stroke Day important
World Stroke Day, on October 29th, seeks to emphasize the serious nature and high rates of stroke. The day is also observed to raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of strokes. According to previous statistics, one in six people was expected to have a stroke during their lifetime.
How to observe World Stroke Day
Workshop to educate and change behavior:
- Know your risk of having a stroke
- Attend an informational discussion on strokes at a local medical facility
- Take action to prevent a stroke by quitting smoking, changing your diet, and reducing hypertension
- Learn the early signs of stroke and how you should respond
- If you have experienced a stroke, share your survivor story with others
Here are some steps you can take that may help you prevent stroke:
- Monitor your blood pressure.
- Control your cholesterol.
- Keep your blood sugar down.
- Get active.
- Eat better.
- Lose weight if you need to.
- Don’t smoke, period.
- Take medications, such as aspirin, as prescribed.
- Learn about strokes
- Use #WorldStrokeDay to share on social media
- Visit www.strokeassociation.org for more resources and
- UN and other international NGO
- Non-Profits website for the observance