Stroke affects
everyone —
we all have
a reason
to prevent it.

Stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without blood, brain cells can be damaged or die. Depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated, the effects of stroke on survivors can be devastating to a person’s body, mobility and speech, as well as how they think and feel.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability globally. It can happen to anyone at any age, and impacts everyone: survivors, family and friends, workplaces and communities. From making individual changes, to advocating globally and locally for policies that will deliver healthier communities, we can all do something to prevent stroke.

My reason for preventing stroke
Dolan Das, India

Dolan Das, India

My reason? Seeing how stroke turned my father's and our family's life upside down.

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Dr Evans Nyambega, Kenya

My reason? Access to quality stroke treatment in Kenya is difficult and the costs of rehabilitation are prohibitive.

Mike Shapland, Zimbabwe

Mike Shapland, Zimbabwe

My reason? Watching my entire family carry the burden of my stroke.

How to reduce your risk of stroke

Did you know that 90% of strokes are linked to 10 avoidable risks? If you have diabetes, heart problems or history of stroke/TIA talk to your doctor about stroke risk and preventive treatments.

1. Control high blood pressure
2. Do moderate exercise 5 times a week
3. Eat a healthy, balanced diet (high in fruit/vegetables, low in sodium)
4. Reduce your cholesterol
5. Maintain a healthy BMI or waist to hip ratio
6. Stop smoking and avoid second-hand exposure
7. Reduce alcohol instake (men: 2/day, women: 1/day)
8. Identify and treat atrial fibrillation
9. Reduce your risk from diabetes, talk to your doctor
10. Get educated about stroke
We can all do something to prevent stroke
Individuals
Individuals
  • Find out more about your personal stroke risk
  • Get support from the people around you
  • Share your reasons to prevent stroke
Health Care Providers
Health practitioners
  • Understand primary and secondary stroke risks
  • Help control patient hypertension and atrial fibrillation
  • Offer blood pressure and pulse checks
  • Provide information and support to your community
Governments
Governments and health care decision makers
  • Implement population-wide stroke prevention strategies
  • Remove financial barriers to prevention screening
  • Develop regional and national strategies to deliver SDG3
World Stroke Day 2017 Campaign Toolkit

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