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World Stroke Day

October 28, 2015 3:58 am

World Stroke Day will be celebrated tomorrow.

Counterstroke Fiji, along with the Medical Department and Physiotherapy Department of the CWM Hospital is planning to advocate for stroke prevention and highlight the impact of stroke on individuals, families, communities and nation.

A stroke is a result of blocking or bursting of a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain.

The common risk factors are tobacco use, physical inactivity, and an unhealthy diet, contribute to not only stroke but heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, cancer, and pose a risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Celebrations for the 2015 World Stroke Day, will be held at the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons Hall in Toorak, Suva, tomorrow.

The theme for this year has been localized from the World Stroke Organisation’s theme ‘I am Woman’ and now reads “I am Woman: towards a Fiji free from disability and suffering caused by stroke”.

Stroke does not discriminate by age and with increasing incidences is worrying for a country as small as Fiji.