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 World Stroke Day Proclamation 

STROKE: A PREVENTABLE AND TREATABLE CATASTROPHE

THE GROWING EPIDEMIC

STROKE IS PREVENTABLE

but rising globally

  • Aging, unhealthy diets, tobacco use, and physical inactivity, fuel a growing epidemic of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and vascular cognitive impairment.
  • Worldwide, stroke accounts for 5.7 million deaths each year and ranks second to ischemic heart disease as a cause of death; it is also a leading cause of serious disability, sparing no age, sex, ethnic origin, or country.
  • Four out of five strokes occur in low and middle income countries who can least afford to deal with the consequences of stroke.
  • If nothing is done, the predicted number of people who will die from stroke will increase to 6.7 million each year by 2015.
  • Six million deaths could be averted over the next 10 years if what is already known is applied.
  • Much can be done to prevent and treat stroke and rehabilitate those who suffer the devastating consequences of stroke.

JOIN FORCES TO PREVENT STROKE

THE SAME FEW RISK FACTORS ACCOUNT FOR THE LEADING HEALTH PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD

but research about the common threat occurs in isolation from other major chronic diseases.

The common risk factors, tobacco use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet, contribute to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, cancer, and pose a risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Therefore we need to:

  • Co-ordinate the efforts of all disease-oriented organizations working to prevent the rise of these underlying risk factors.

ENSURE WHAT WE KNOW BECOMES WHAT IS DONE

PREVENTION IS THE MOST READILY APPLICABLE AND AFFORDABLE PART OF OUR KNOWLEDGE

but prevention is neglected.

Therefore we need to:

  • Encourage healthy environments to support healthy habits and lifestyles.
  • Use effective drugs for both primary and secondary prevention. Regretfully these drugs are neither accessible nor affordable in many developing countries, nor used optimally in developed ones.
  • Discourage unproven, costly, or misdirected practices, which drain resources from more cost effective approaches.
  • Educate health professionals at all levels through a common vocabulary, a core curriculum, on-line materials, long distance mentoring, and opportunities for learning in clinical practice settings.

RECOGNIZE THE UNIQUENESS OF STROKE

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF STROKE, ISCHEMIC (BLOCKAGE OF ARTERIES), BLEEDING INTO
(INTRACEREBRAL HEMORRHAGE) AND AROUND THE BRAIN (SUBARACHNOID HEMORRHAGE)
HAVE SPECIFIC COURSES REQUIRING SPECIAL TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION.

Therefore, we need to:

  • Study their causes and understand their mechanisms
  • Organize skilled teams of physicians, neurosurgeons, neurointerventionalists, and rehabilitation specialists to deal with these special types of stroke.

RECOGNIZE, TREAT AND PREVENT VASCULAR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT

SUBCLINICAL (“SILENT”) STROKES OCCUR FIVE TIMES AS OFTEN AS CLINICAL (OBVIOUS) STROKES, AND MAY AFFECT THINKING, MOOD AND PERSONALITY.

Therefore, we need to:

  • Recognize that vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) occurs commonly and at times hastens Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
  • Manage the common risk factors for stroke, VCI and AD (tobacco use, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes).

BUILD TRANSDISCIPLINARY TEAMS FOR STROKE CARE AND REHABILITATION

ORGANIZED STROKE CARE IMPROVES OUTCOMES

but remains the exception nearly everywhere.

Therefore we need to:

  • Establish simple but comprehensive stroke units. Stroke units have long proven their worth, even in their most basic form.
  • Encourage transdisciplinary teams to develop expertise and translate evidence into practice.
  • Build a health care system that responds to the needs of each individual dealing with the impact of stroke and rejoining society.

ACTIVELY ENGAGE THE PUBLIC AROUND THE WORLD

THE PUBLIC, ACTING AS INDIVIDUALS, VOTERS OR ADVOCATES, CAN BEST INFLUENCE THEIR OWN FUTURE RISK AND CARE

but not enough is being done.

Therefore we need to:

  • Increase awareness of the public, policymakers, and health professionals about the causes and symptoms of stroke. The symptoms of stroke are painless and at times transient – but sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg, sudden inability to speak or understand speech, loss of vision in one eye, or sudden loss of balance are as compelling an emergency as crushing chest pain or sudden, severe unusual headache.
  • Send a unified, consistent message throughout the world: Stroke is a preventable and treatable catastrophe

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 one.

Whereas; professional and public awareness is the first step to action.


We hereby proclaim an annual

WORLD STROKE DAY

 

WORKING GROUP

Vladimir Hachinski (Chair)
President, International Society for Behavioural and Cognitive Vascular Disorders,
Vice-President, World Federation of Neurology
Chair, Stroke Affairs and Liaison Committee, World Federation of Neurology

Johan Aarli President, World Federation of Neurology (WFN)
Ruth Bonita New Zealand
Antonio Culebras President, World Stroke Federation (WSF)
Praful Dalal Vice-President, Indian Stroke Association
Geoffrey Donnan Chair, Oversight Committee ISS/WSF
Vivian Fritz President & Chairperson of South African Stroke Foundation, South Africa
Werner Hacke Chair European Stroke Initiative, Chair, European Stroke Council, Germany
Daniel Hanley National Stroke Association
Markku Kaste Past Chair, European Stroke Initiative, Executive, Board Member, European Stroke Council
Ashraf Kurdi Jordan
José Larracoechea Spanish Neurological Society, Spain
Mary Lewis Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
John W Norris Joint Chair, 5th World Stroke Congress
Brian O’Grady Chief Executive, Stroke Foundation New Zealand Inc. (retired)
Sir Niphon Poungvarin President, Thai Neurological Society, Founding President, Thai Stroke Society, Thailand
Jeanette Rewucki Canada
Wendy Segrest Director of Operations, American Stroke Association
Sidney C Smith Jr. Chair, Heart and Stroke Forum, World Heart Federation
Phillip Teal Chair, Canadian Stroke Consortium
James F Toole Past President, International Stroke Society
Takenori Yamaguchi President, Japan Stroke Association, Japan, President of the International Stroke Society
Frank M Yatsu Treasurer, International Stroke Society
   

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

G W Albers USA
M Alberts USA
P Amarenco SOS – Attaque Cerebrale Association, France
C Anderson New Zealand
J Baranski CEO, National Stroke Association, USA
P A Barber New Zealand
F Barinagarrementeria Mexico
J Biller USA
N M Bornstein President, Mediterranean Stroke Society, Israel
M G Bousser President, French Neurology Society, Founding President – French Stroke Society
M Brainin Chairman, 6th World Stroke Congress – Vienna, Austria; Treasurer World Stroke Federation
J P Broderick USA
S Brown CEO, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canada
A Buchan United Kingdom
O Busse Vice-President, German Stroke Society, Germany
L Candelise Italy
L R Caplan USA
C Chen Singapore
R Cheung President, Hong Kong Neurological Society
R Cote Canada
J Cuanang President, Philippine Stroke Society, Philippines
A Dávalos Spain
S M Davis Australia
O H del Brutto Ecuador
G J Del Zoppo USA
A Dishaw Ministry of Health of Ontario, Canada
J D Easton USA
C J Estol President, Argentine Cerebrovascular Association, Argentina
A Etribi Egypt
J M Ferro Portugal
C Fieschi President, Italian Stroke Forum, Italy
M Fisher USA
A J Furlan USA
O Fustinoni Stroke Society, Argentina
N Futrell USA
L B Goldstein USA
M Goldstein Vice-President UCP, Research and Educational Foundation, USA
P B Gorelick USA
M Grond Chair, German Stroke Society
J C Grotta USA
E Gusev President, National Stroke Association of Russian Federation, Russia
A Hakim CEO and Scientific Director, Canadian Stroke Network, Canada
G J Hankey Australia
M E Harriman Associate Executive Director, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
S Haussen President, Brazilian Academy of Neurology
W D Heiss Past President, European Federation of Neurological Societies
M Hennerici Chair European Stroke Council, Germany
D Huber Business Manager, Canadian Stroke Consortium, Canada
H H Hu Taiwan Stroke Society, Taiwan
D Inzitari Italy
L J Kapelle President, Dutch Neurovascular Taskforce Group
R Kay Hong Kong Neurological Society, Hong Kong
C S Kidwell USA
J S Kim South Korea
A Korcyzn Israel
J Kurtzke USA
D LaBarthe USA
H Lechner Medical Competence Centre, South East Europe, Austria
K Lees Glasgow, UK
S R Levine USA
C Lopes President, Portuguese Stroke Society
Lu Chuan-Zhen China
P D Lyden USA
E Magnis Vice-President, Strategic Alliances and Health IT, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, USA
J Marler USA
A R Massaro Brazilian Academy of Neurology, Brazil
C Millikan USA
D Milne Vice President, American Stroke Association, Vice President, Patient
J P Mohr USA
K Nagata Research Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels, Japan
B Norrving Secretary International Stroke Society, Sweden
S Olson American Academy of Neurology, USA
J M Orgogozo France
N V Ramani Singapore National Stroke Association
E B Ringelstein Vice President, German Stroke Society, Germany
J Robertson USA
D Russell Chair, Scandinavian Stroke Society, Norway
R L Sacco USA
A San Luis President, Asia and Oceania Association of Neurology, Philippines
P Sandercock Co-ordinating Editor, Cochrane Stroke Group, UK
D G Sherman USA
Y Shinohara President, Japan Stroke Society, Japan
A Shuaib Canada
V Skvortsova Vice-President, National Stroke Association of Russian Federation, Secretary, European Stroke Council, Russia
J Suwanthemee President, Thai Stroke Society, Thailand
T Swift President, American Academy of Neurology, USA
A Tehindrazaranivelo Madagascar and France
P Trouillas France
K N Vemmos Greece
N G Wahlgren Sweden
M Walker USA
Y Wang China
S Warach USA
C Warlow UK
L R Wechsler USA
F Woimant President, French Stroke Society
K S Wong Hong Kong
M C Wong Singapore
T Yanagihara Japanese Neurological Society (Emeritus), Japan
B W Yoon South Korea