Stroke is Treatable
World Stroke Day 2016 recognizes that although stroke is a complex medical issue, there are ways to significantly reduce its impact. This year’s campaign is ‘Stroke is Treatable’
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.
We are calling everyone – individuals, families, communities, health professionals and governments – to join the fight against stroke. Let’s take action, drive awareness and push for better access to stroke treatments.
Recognizing signs of stroke early, treating it as a medical emergency with admission to a specialized stroke unit, and access to the best professional care can substantially improve outcomes.
Objectives of the World Stroke Campaign
Increase understanding of the solutions that exist
• Knowledge is the most readily applicable and affordable part of prevention.
• Key actions must be made to encourage healthy environments to support healthy behaviours.
• Transdisciplinary teams must be encouraged to develop expertise and translate evidence into practice.
• Establish simple but comprehensive stroke units or similar care facilities. Stroke units and similar care facilities have long proven their worth, even in their most basic form.
• And, work towards building a healthcare system that responds to the needs of each individual living with the impact of stroke.
Some Symptoms of Stroke
- Pain between or behind shoulder blades.
- Chest pain.
- Shortness of breath.
The World Stroke Organization (WSO) seeks to establish a year-round stroke campaign to intensify and scale-up global awareness on the fight against stroke. This initiative is directly in line with the World Stroke Proclamation (2006) as follows:
• Whereas; stroke is a global epidemic that threatens lives, health and quality of life.
• Whereas; much can be done to prevent and treat stroke, and rehabilitate those who suffer from one.
• Whereas; professional and public awareness is the first step to action.
And, in particular,
• Increase awareness of the public, policymakers, and health professionals about the causes and symptoms of stroke.
• Send a unified, consistent message throughout the world by coordinating and enhancing existing stroke campaigns to sustain a global effort
Lets take a stand, together we can conquer stroke!!