Strokes and advice on how to reduce the risk
More than 8000 New Zealanders suffer a stroke each year – an average of 22 a day.
During Stroke Awareness Week, from April 6 till 12, Stroke Central Region supporters will hand out information to help people identify their risk of stroke and how to minimise the risk.
In New Zealand, people have a one in eight chance of having a stroke.
25 per cent of those who suffer a stroke are under 65.
The mean age for a stroke in Maori is 56. In Pacific people it is 60 and in Europeans it is 73.
Although strokes happen largely to older people, anyone can have a stroke at any time. To reduce your risk of stroke: Check your blood pressure regu- larly, and follow recommended treatment by your doctor. Take steps to cease smoking. Eat a healthy diet (limit fat, sugar and salt).
Be physically active as often as possible.
Target a healthy weight for you and once reached, take steps to maintain it.
Limit your alcohol intake.
Have your cholesterol level checked regularly and follow any recommended treatment by your doctor.
If you have diabetes, ensure you manage the condition and have regular check-ups.
Once you’ve had a stroke, you’re at risk of another one. If someone in your family has suffered a stroke then you have a higher risk.
About 83 per cent of strokes are preventable by reducing individual risk.
Stroke Central Region provides a field officer service to support stroke survivors and their families.
Go to strokecentral. org. nz or email stroke@ strokecentral. org.nz.
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