A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and the consequences can change people’s lives forever.
But nowadays stroke symptoms can be managed and people can live full lives thanks to medical research and new treatments.
Today (24th) patients, families and medical staff come to together to celebrate World Stroke Day and the many advances in care and treatment for stroke patients.
Professor Jesse Dawson, Professor of Stroke Medicine, University of Glasgow and Director of the Stroke Research Network will introduce clinicians who work with patients and who are also at the forefront of research on treatments, and patients willing to tell their stories.
Professor Dawson said: “World Stroke Day is a great opportunity for us to thank patients, carers and our colleagues who work so hard to try and improve care for people with stroke.
“Scotland is one of the world’s leading countries for stroke research and every year we make great strides forward.
““New treatments are being developed every year including intervention to remove blood clots from blocked arteries, novel rehabilitation techniques for arm recovery, new devices to prevent complications like blood clots in veins and new drugs to prevent further stroke."
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability accounting for 1 in 10 deaths and a total of 44 million years of healthy life lost each year.
Stroke can happen to anyone at any time and affects everyone: survivors, family, friends, workplaces and communities.
Ten key risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise, diabetes, excessive alcohol consumption, stress and depression, heart disorders and a higher concentration of molecules in the blood (apolipoproteins) that are involved in the transportation of bad cholesterol.
Notes to Editors
World Stroke Day on Sunday, October 29th provides an annual opportunity for stroke stakeholders to co-ordinate awareness and advocacy campaigns and build commitment to reducing the burden of stroke at global, regional and local level.
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