Lower Your Risk of Stroke is a national stroke awareness campaign that will run from Monday 16 January to 31 March 2017.
In Wales, more than 7,000 people have a stroke each year and it is one of the leading causes of severe adult disability. There are over 65,100 people in Wales and 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke.
The campaign, led by the Stroke Association, will raise awareness of the number of strokes caused by high blood pressure, Atrial Fibrillation (AF) and Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIAs), also known as mini-strokes.
By taking action on three of the biggest stroke risk factors, the number of strokes across Wales could be reduced by up to 50%.
The campaign asks people to do three simple things:
- Get their blood pressure checked once a year.
- Check their pulse for any irregularity.
- Seek medical attention immediately should they experience any stroke symptoms such as facial weakness, arm weakness or slurred speech.
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