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World Stroke Day 2016 - Saturday 29th October

stroke dayWe are partnering with the World Stroke Organization to take action, drive awareness, and push for better access to stroke treatments in Manchester.

Stroke is the leading cause of death globally. Every two seconds, someone has a stroke, and unfortunately, many do not receive proper stroke care.

But luckily, Stroke is Treatable, and this is the message we are helping to promote on World Stroke Day (29 October).

More than 17 million strokes occur globally each year with over 6 million deaths. The global challenge is huge with 26 million stroke survivors, many living with significant disabilities that impede their ability to carry out daily living tasks. One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

"The right stroke care can prevent stroke and save lives." said WSO President, Professor Stephen Davis. "We are calling on governments to take action to improve awareness that stroke can happen to anyone and increase equity of access to critical stroke treatments".

The key facts we are promoting this World Stroke Day are:

  1. Early recognition makes a big difference: We encourage the public to learn the signs of F.A.S.T.

(Face drooping; Arm weakness; Speech slurred; Time to call an ambulance) and know to take immediate action.

  1. Organized stroke care in specialized stroke care units improves the chance of a good outcome by 14%. All stroke patients should be able to access essential stroke services, regardless of the economic setting.
  2. The use of tPA, (intravenous thrombolysis) improves the chance of a good outcome by 30% in appropriate patients. This lifesaving drug should be accessible to all.
  3. The exciting advance of endovascular thrombectomy means that a dramatic 50% of those eligible for treatment with blocked arteries can potentially have a better outcome with endovascular intervention, carried out in advanced, comprehensive stroke centres.
  4. Rehabilitation is a critical step in the treatment process.
  5. 6. Primary and secondary prevention treatments and lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of a stroke.

"This World Stroke Day we encourage you to join the fight against stroke." Said incoming WSO President, Professor Werner Hacke. "Everyone must advocate together in one world voice for stroke."

"Together, we can make a great impact and help people around the world access to the stroke treatment they deserve." added Professor Davis.