Stroke Awareness Week (8 – 14 September) is held annually to raise awareness of stroke and to recognise the dedicated clinicians that provide stroke care.
Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) is calling on residents to unite to stop stroke and staff across the LHD have hosted Stroke Awareness and Prevention displays in Hospital foyers as part of National Stroke Week.
To lower your stroke risk it is important to know your numbers and manage high blood pressure and cholesterol, eat a well-balanced diet low in salt, participate in regular physical activity, lose weight to avoid obesity and cease smoking
Stroke information handouts have been available at the displays to raise awareness of stroke within the community and NNSW LHD encourages local residents to take action to prevent stroke.
“Shockingly, one in six of us will have a stroke in our lifetime. It could be a family member, a colleague, a friend or even you and 20% of strokes occur to people under the age of 60 years.
So please join us this National Stroke Week in challenging stroke. We have the opportunity as a community, to come together to take action to stop stroke and challenge its impact.
“To lower your stroke risk it is important to know your numbers and manage high blood pressure and cholesterol, eat a well-balanced diet low in salt, participate in regular physical activity, lose weight to avoid obesity and cease smoking. Your local doctor can assess your cardiovascular risk and assist with managing your risk factors for stroke and heart disease”.
National Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Dr Erin Lalor applauded NNSW LHDs activity and urged others to join the challenge.
“Be healthy, be aware, be your best and Challenge Stroke this September. Take action to reduce your stroke risk, learn more about stroke and help raise awareness in the community”, Dr Lalor said.
“The recent Report on Stroke in Australia demonstrated no postcode is untouched by this disease; it is impacting our families and communities. However many strokes can be prevented,” said Dr Lalor.