Strokes and ad­vice on how to re­duce the risk

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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.

Lest we for­get: Pupils and teach­ers at St Theresa’s marked the battle at Gal­lipoli by dress­ing up in uni­form. Here nurses help to lower a

stretcher into a trench.

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