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May is Stroke Awareness Month, something which is of relevance to the Irish in Britain due to the above average, and sometimes increasing, mortality among Irish men and women from coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke.
In general, the largest number of people who have strokes are aged over 55 and the risk increases as you get older. Certain medical conditions can also increase your risk of stroke. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and high cholesterol.
With high blood pressure (Hypertension) being cited as the biggest single contributing risk factor for global death, monitoring and maintaining a healthy blood pressure level could potentially save millions of lives globally.
During a stroke, every second counts. Fast treatment can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
Do you know the signs and symptoms of a stroke? B.E. F.A.S.T. is an easy acronym to help you remember – and perhaps save a life.
This May Measure Month, and World Hypertension Day (May 17), we are urging our community to get their blood pressure checked and learn more on the importance of understanding hypertension.
Finding help after a stroke
With the right help and support your stroke doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you want to do. Stroke.org has a host of information to help get you back on track including information on coping at work, grant payments and stroke support line details. You can also like the Green Hearts Facebook page to learn more about how to keep your heart healthy.