Every step counts towards a healthy life – Stroke Week 2018

Everyone is being encouraged to discover how easy it is to fit healthy habits into their day and do their part to prevent stroke, during National Stroke Week (3-9 September).

Stroke Week 2018 theme is “Every step counts towards a healthy life” and the Far West LHD will be promoting how easy it is to help prevent stroke by managing risk factors and living a healthy lifestyle.

The Far West LHD will holding a Stroke Week awareness day in the hospital foyer on Thursday 6th September, between 9am to 1pm.

Staff from the Chronic Care Team and Aged Care nurse, will be on hand to assess your risks and attending blood pressure checks. A Pharmacist from Discount Pharmacy will be on hand to discuss medications and management and there will be many resources available about stroke prevention and management for the community and staff.

Smokerlyzer assessments, to measure Carbon Monoxide level, will also be conducted as a motivational tool to encourage people with smoking cessation.

Kathryn Wallace, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Chronic and Complex Care for Far West LHD, advised that stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. In 2017 there were more than 56,000 new and recurrent strokes – that is one stroke every nine minutes.

“It’s estimated that more than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented simply by managing risk factors and living a healthy lifestyle. There are some risk factors for stroke which can’t be prevented like age, family history and prior stroke. If you’re male, your risk is also higher,” said Ms Wallace.

Kathryn advised that there are two ways to approach this: first by talking to your doctor and secondly by taking ownership of your own health.

Take charge of your own health:

  • Eat well.
  • Stay active.
  • Be smoke free.
  • Moderate alcohol intake.
  • Visit your doctor for a health check to help manage blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat).


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