Stroke Awareness Week
Stroke Week is celebrated annually from 28 October – 3 November and is dedicated to raising awareness about stroke – South Africa’s third biggest killer. World Stroke Day is celebrated on 29 October together with the World Stroke Organisation and other partners worldwide. In South Africa, 270 people suffer a stroke each day and of these, about 67 people die from it. However, the good news is that 80% of these deaths can be prevented with a healthy balanced diet, being physically active regularly and avoiding smoking.
A stroke is also known as a “brain attack” and can injure the brain like a heart attack can injure the heart. It happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted. When that happens, part of the brain doesn’t get the blood and oxygen it needs, causing damage and results in the person experiencing the symptoms of stroke.
This year the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA is joining forces with the World Stroke Organisation in its global campaign: “I am woman, stroke affects me” to raise awareness about stroke in women – the second biggest killer of women in South Africa.
Read more about the campaign here