World Stroke Day is celebrated on October 29th annually and is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of suffering from a stroke, as well as the causes of its occurrence and the proper actions to take in case of an attack. This is particularly important due to the fact that a stroke can strike at any time and without warning.
World Stroke Day was founded in 2006 by the World Stroke Organization (WSO), a non-profit organization that helps those who have suffered from a stroke to return to their normal life, as well as conducting research and providing education about the disease. Every year the WSO focuses on a new topic related to stroke.
Statistics show that 1 in 6 cardiovascular diseases are caused by strokes, which happen when a part of the brain is deprived of oxygen-rich blood due to a damaged artery. It is therefore essential to seek immediate medical attention if any of the following symptoms occur: speech difficulties, dizziness, inability to move, confusion, etc.
Stroke can be caused by a variety of factors such as smoking, alcohol abuse, and a diet high in fatty foods. Therefore, by eliminating bad habits and engaging in regular exercise, the risk of stroke can be reduced.
- 80% of strokes can be prevented if people take the disease seriously.
- Stroke can affect people of all ages.
- Slightly more than 15% of stroke patients make a full recovery.
- After a stroke, a person requires daily help from family and medical professionals.
- Temples can increase the risk of a stroke as the supply of oxygen to the brain is reduced at this time, increasing the risk of circulatory disorders.
How to take part
To get involved in World Stroke Day, you can learn more about the disease, take action to raise awareness amongst your family and friends, become a volunteer to help patients recover, or make a donation to help those suffering from a stroke.
When is World Stroke Day celebrated in 2023?
World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 each year.