World Stroke Day

Contributed by: Tammy Arishenkoff, Media Coordinator Article Sources: World Stroke Organization, World Stroke Day 2021, World Stroke Day Campaign, accessed October 2021 <https://www.world-stroke.org/world-stroke-day-campaign/world-stroke-day>


World Stroke Day takes place on Oct 29th every year. The global awareness day was established by WSO (World Stroke Organization) and provides a global platform for the stroke community to increase awareness and drive action on stroke around the world. World Stroke Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the serious nature and high rates of stroke and talk about ways in which we can reduce the burden of stroke through better public awareness of the risk factors and signs of stroke. It is also an opportunity to advocate for action by decision makers at global, regional and national levels that are essential to improve stroke prevention, access to acute treatment and support for survivors and caregivers.

For 2021 and 2022 the campaign will be focused on raising awareness of the signs of stroke and the need for timely access to quality stroke treatment.

Learn About Stroke

Over 13 million people will have a stroke each year and around 5.5 million people will die as a result.

The impact of stroke can be short- and long-term, depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly it is treated. Stroke survivors can experience wide-ranging disabilities including difficulties with mobility and speech, as well as how they think and feel.

Fast access to treatment saves lives and improves recovery. If you spot the signs of stroke, call an ambulance immediately.

Facts & Figures About Stroke

  • Stroke is a condition where the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, resulting in oxygen starvation, brain damage and loss of function. It is most frequently caused by a clot in an artery supplying blood to the brain, a situation known as ischemia. It can also be caused by hemorrhage when a burst vessel causes blood to leak into the brain. Stroke can cause permanent damage, including partial paralysis and impairment in speech, comprehension and memory. The extent and location of the damage determines the severity of the stroke, which can range from minimal to catastrophic.

  • Stroke has already reached epidemic proportions. Globally 1 in 4 adults over the age of 25 will have a stroke in their lifetime. 13.7 million people worldwide will have their first stroke this year and five and a half million will die as a result. Current trends suggest that the number of annual deaths will climb to 6.7 million annually without appropriate action.

  • Stroke is the leading cause of death and disability globally with 116m years of healthy life lost each year to the disease.

  • Stroke disproportionately affects individuals living in resource-poor countries. From 2000 to 2008, the overall stroke incidence rates in low- to middle-income countries exceeded that of incidence rates seen in high-income countries by 20%. Today, two out of every three people who suffer from a stroke live in low- and middle-income countries.

  • One of the main disease processes leading to stroke is atherosclerosis. The incidence of stroke increases significantly with age. There are many other risk factors, including tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, raised blood lipid levels, obesity, male gender, genetic disposition and psychological factors.

To read the full article and learn more about the different types of Stroke, visit https://www.world-stroke.org/world-stroke-day-campaign/why-stroke-matters/learn-about-stroke/types-of-stroke


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