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World Stroke Day 2022: Importance of stroke symptom Awareness
Anybody, anywhere, at any moment can have a stroke. Strokes are currently the second leading cause of death and disability globally. This is despite the fact that nearly all strokes are avoidable. To emphasize the serious nature and high rates of strokes, World Stroke Day is observed on October 29th.
The World Stroke Organization website states that 110 million people worldwide have had a stroke and are currently dealing with effects such as severe physical disability, communication issues, changes in how they think and feel, and loss of employment, income, and social networks.
World Stroke Day 2022
The World Stroke Organization (WSO) had declared ‘Stroke’ as a public health emergency in 2010. The World Stroke Congress in Vancouver, Canada, in 2004 had declared October 29th as WSO World Stroke Day.
The theme of for this year is “#Precioustime”, concluded by World Stroke Organization (WSO) to promote the World Stroke Day awareness and support campaign to pace up the previous year’s 2021 campaign ‘Minutes Can Save Lives.’
For the past two years, the World Stroke Organization has been setting a theme on ‘raising awareness of the signs of stroke and the need for timely access to quality stroke treatment.’ The goal of this emotional campaign is to increase stroke symptom awareness.
Importance of the Day
World Stroke Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the serious nature and high rates of stroke and talk about ways in which we can reduce the burden of stroke through better public awareness of the risk factors and signs of stroke. It is also an opportunity to advocate for action by decision makers at global, regional and national levels that is essential to improve stroke prevention, access to acute treatment and support for survivors and caregivers.
Improving prevention and treatment of stroke and providing ongoing support with rehabilitation and life after stroke is essential and the main aim of commemorating this day.
Signs of Storks
Symptoms of stroke include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body. Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding speech, difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination, and severe headache without a known cause are also signs of stroke.
World Stroke Organization
The World Stroke Organization is a global voice for stroke professionals, patients and caregivers. The goal is to ensure that stroke gets the level of policy attention and investment required to address this world leading cause of disability and death. They work to raise public awareness of stroke and to highlight the urgent need for focused action on prevention, treatment and support.
WSO is the only global body solely focused on stroke. With around 3000 individual and 90 society members spanning every global region, they represent over 55,000 stroke specialists in clinical, research and community settings.