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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

World Stroke Day

Today (29 October 2014) is World Stroke Day.

In my view, many people's awareness of the risk of getting a stroke and how to improve your chances of not getting one is quite low. Here are some facts from the World Stroke Compaign website:
  • One in six people will have a stroke at sometime in their lives. 
  • Stroke is responsible for more deaths annually than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
  • Stroke is the second leading cause of death for people above the age of 60 years. 
Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. The following healthy lifestyle factors are recommended by healthy professionals as ways of reducing your risk of having a stroke:
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid smoking 
  • Don't drink too much alcohol.
Additional information about strokes and how to prevent them can be found at the website of the National Stroke Association.

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