United to stop stroke
Sep 01, 2013
Nedlands residents took advantage of quick, free and simple health checks that could save their lives this National Stroke Week.
Hollywood Private Hospital hosted a stroke risk assessment clinic during the week, where residents had their blood pressure, pulse and blood sugar levels checked as well as completed a risk questionnaire.
National Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr Erin Lalor said blood pressure was often known as the silent killer, because there may be no symptoms, high blood pressure is a key risk factor for stroke.
"The only way to know your blood pressure is to have it checked. Nearly four million Australian's have high blood pressure, but many do not know it, putting their health and lives at risk,'' Dr Lalor said.
"Stroke is Australia's second biggest killer, and yet it is largely preventable and usually very simple to identify, most people simply don't know enough about it."
Hollywood Private Hospital Clinical Nurse Manager and Stroke Liaison Nurse Tracey Sariago said of the many who completed the health check, four people were considered at risk and referred to their doctor for advice on how to lower their risk and to stay healthy.
"One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime," Ms Sariago said.
"These are someone's sister, brother, wife, daughter, son, partner, mother and friend. Behind the numbers are real people."
Ms Sariago said all who took part in the health checks were provided with information on stroke care and prevention.
"In the Hollywood Stroke Rehabilitation Unit we have the opportunity to help care for and support the patients and their families who have experienced stroke. National Stroke Week provided an opportunity for us to reflect on the impact of stroke and the very individual journey that each stroke patient takes while they work through their rehabilitation,'' she said.
The Hollywood Private Hospital is home to Western Australia's first dedicated stroke rehabilitation unit, providing coordinated, team-based care.
National Stroke Week runs from September 9 to 15. Stroke Week is an annual event that aims to raise the awareness of stroke within the community and encourage all Australians to take action to prevent stroke. To find out more about National Stroke Week, health checks or to get involved visit www.strokefoundation.com.au or phone: 1300 194 196.