World Stroke Day 2021 is the 29 October. The World Stroke Day campaign wants us to know “When somebody has a stroke, every second that goes by is crucial”.

Stroke

What is stroke?

In Learn About Stroke: Facts and Figures About Stroke the World Stroke Organization (WSO) elaborate on:

  • “Stroke is a condition where the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, resulting in oxygen starvation, brain damage and loss of function. It is most frequently caused by a clot in an artery supplying blood to the brain, a situation known as ischemia. It can also be caused by hemorrhage when a burst vessel causes blood to leak into the brain. Stroke can cause permanent damage, including partial paralysis and impairment in speech, comprehension and memory. The extent and location of the damage determines the severity of the stroke, which can range from minimal to catastrophic”.

Cardiovascular Disease

What is cardiovascular diseases?

In About Cardiovascular Disease the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

“Cardiovascular disease includes diseases of the heart, veins and arteries. Many people think that cardiovascular disease is more likely to be associated with men. However, cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in women”.

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and stroke?

In Menopause and Women’s Health the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women note:

“Going through menopause does not cause cardiovascular disease. But the approach of menopause marks a point in midlife when women’s cardiovascular risk factors can accelerate and focusing on overall health is crucial”.

Early Menopause

Is there an association between early menopause and stroke?

In Menopause Before 40 Tied To Higher Stroke Risk an author for the American Heart Association News elaborates on:

World Stroke Day 2021 and Menopause

“Stroke is the second-leading cause of death worldwide, and women have a 4% higher lifetime stroke risk than men. Some studies show women who experience menopause at an earlier age have a higher risk of heart disease in general. But research has produced mixed results on the relationship between stroke and the age menopause started”.

World Stroke Day 2021

What is the World Stroke Day 2021 campaign?

In World Stroke Day 29th Oct. the WSO explain:

World Stroke Day 2021 and Menopause“When somebody has a stroke, every second that goes by is crucial. As brain tissue and millions of neurons begin to fade away, time could not be more precious. Our #Precioustime campaign aims to raise awareness of stroke signs and the benefits of timely access to emergency medical care”.

Stroke Symptoms

What are stroke symptoms?

In Learn About Stroke: Facts and Figures About Stroke the WSO note:

World Stroke Day 2021 and Menopause

Stroke – Don’t Stay At Home

What if I think I am having a stroke?

In Learn About Stroke: Stroke – Don’t Stay At Home the WSO note:

“Evidence is growing that COVID 19 infection increases an individual’s risk of stroke. This is the case even for younger people and those with no other stroke risk factors.

Hospitals and health care teams around the world have worked hard to put in place stroke treatment procedures that reduce the risk of infection in hospital. It is more important than ever that we know the signs of stroke and seek emergency medical treatment which is why stroke clinicians and patients around the world have united to share the message #StrokeDontStayAtHome.

Healthcare Provider

What if I think I may be at risk for stroke?

In Menopause and Cardiovascular Disease: Does Menopause Increase A Woman’s Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke?, Go Red for Women encourage us to:

“Talk to your health care team about your risk factors and how to prevent cardiovascular disease before, during and after menopause”.

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Last Updated: 30 October 2021 – Last Revised: 28 October 2021
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