World Stroke Day (WSD) – observed on October 29 every year – is a global initiative to bring attention on stroke and its impact on human life. Sponsored by the World Stroke Association (WSA), this global awareness day aims to educate people about the warning signs of the condition and bring together stroke survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals to show that there is life and hope after stroke. Stroke – a condition that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain – is a leading cause of death around the world, with reports suggesting that about 80 million people having experienced a stroke. It is estimated that about 50 million stroke survivors live with some form of permanent disability. Common symptoms include – paralysis, trouble speaking or understanding speech, numbness or weakness in the arm, face, and leg, (especially on one side of the body), trouble with walking, loss of balance and coordination, vision problems and other issues. Treatments vary depending on the type of stroke and the areas of brain affected by the stroke. Multi-specialty healthcare and pain management centers in Brooklyn, NYC offer effective and timely treatments that help reduce symptoms and severe complications thereby improving your chances of survival.
Regarded as a medical emergency, a stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and bleeds or when there is a direct blockage in the blood supply to a part of a brain. The rupture or blockage prevents blood, oxygen and other essential nutrients from reaching the brain’s tissues. A stroke may be caused by a blocked artery (ischemic stroke) or the leaking or bursting of a blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). In addition, some people may experience only a temporary disruption of blood flow to the brain (transient ischemic attack, or TIA) that doesn’t cause any permanent damage.
The one-day awareness campaign has become a significant initiative to raise public awareness about stroke and enhance the quality of life of people coping with the sudden and long-term effects of this serious condition. Many factors increase the risk of developing this brain disorder, including lifestyle habits such as physical inactivity, heavy or binge drinking, obesity, smoking or second hand exposure to smoke and use of illicit drugs. In addition, medical conditions like high blood pressure/cholesterol/diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, heart valve defects and other heart disorders, such as coronary artery disease can also increase the risk of this condition. Making positive lifestyle modifications such as combining a healthy diet (rich in fruits and vegetables) with regular physical exercises can help control the immediate symptoms and reduce the risk factors associated with the condition to a great extent. In addition, limiting the intake of alcohol and quitting the use of tobacco will also help reduce the risk factors. Getting enrolled in weight loss programs and smoking cessation programs offered by reliable healthcare centers in Brooklyn, NYC would be an ideal option.
The impact of stroke will be different from one person to another. The 2018 WSD event aims to focus the world’s attention on the possible factors that unites stroke survivors and caregivers namely – their resilience and capacity to build on the things that stroke can’t take away and their determination to keep going on the recovery journey. The theme for the 2018 campaign is – “Life after Stroke” and the social media hashtag #UpAgainAfterStroke has been created. The theme signifies the need to generate widespread awareness about the key issues and needs of stroke survivors and caregivers in order to achieve the best possible quality of life after stroke.
The World Stroke Organization (WSO) website offers several tools and resources for stroke patients, survivors and caregivers to get involved in the campaign. Individuals and organizations can download, tailor and share World Stroke Campaign resources. People can actively participate in this campaign via various social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. People can share their reasons for preventing stroke on the World Stroke Campaign Facebook page, or on Twitter using the hashtag #worldstrokeday.
Join World Stroke Day celebration on October 29. Make this day an occasion to spread awareness about stroke symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment.