World Stroke Day is October 29

October 29, 2016

The World Thrombosis Day (WTD) campaign is proud to support World Stroke Day, which will take place on October 29. A campaign of the American Stroke Association, World Stroke Day underscores the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raises awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensures better care and support for survivors.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. Today, stroke is more treatable than ever, but time is critical. It’s important to share resources with your friends and family. Visit the World Stroke Day website for important resources, infographics, and educational materials to help educate yourself and others about stroke.

For the WTD campaign, stroke is an important consideration when raising awareness about thrombosis. Thrombosis is the often preventable underlying pathology of heart attack, thromboembolic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE) – the top three cardiovascular killers. Did you know that people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) have an increased risk for stroke and are estimated to account for 15 percent of the 15 million strokes that occur worldwide each year? With AFib, a clot can form in the chamber of the heart and can travel to the brain. This can lead to a potentially devastating thromboembolic stroke. Considering the fact that 33.5 million people worldwide have AFib (according to World Health Organization data), it is important to raise awareness about both AFib and stroke. 

Visit the WTD website for more resources about AFib. Be proactive and reduce your risk for thromboembolic stroke. Ask your health professional if you are at risk and get evaluated for AFib. Ask them to feel your pulse. 

The WTD campaign stands in solidarity in support of World Stroke Day. Together, we are proud to raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of this important condition. To learn more about World Stroke Day, click here.


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