World Stroke Day
World Stroke Day falls on October 29th every year. World Stroke Day is a reminder that when someone is having a stroke: time = brain. A matter of minutes can shorten one’s recovery time following a stroke and save one’s independence.
Here at Life After Stroke, we know very well that strokes do not discriminate. A stroke is life changing and can occur at any point in one’s lifetime. At Life After Stroke, we aim to not only support the community of young stroke survivors, but we also aim to raise awareness about stroke on a global level. On World Stroke Day, we would like to remind you how crucial it is that everyone, no matter how young or old, is aware of the stroke symptoms and when to call for help.
Remember to B.E. F.A.S.T to spot the signs of a stroke and call for emergency medical service
On World Stroke Day, it is also important to remember that there are both non-modifiable and modifiable risk factors that can increase one’s risk for stroke. Non-modifiable risk factors cannot be changed, such as age, sex, and family history. Modifiable risk factors, on the other hand, are in our control. Some modifiable risk factors for stroke include avoiding smoking, controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure, and having an active lifestyle. You can address these risk factors by eating healthy, managing your weight, exercising, and minimizing your smoking and alcohol intake. We encourage you to take a stand against stroke by making small changes to your everyday life and taking on healthy habits that will protect your brain and lower your risk for stroke.
If you would like more information about stroke and stroke recovery, or you are a young stroke survivor who would like to join our growing community, please visit our website (lifeafterstroke.life) for more details!