Today, the Clinic for Neurology, University Clinical Center Tuzla hosted a press conference on the occasion of the World Stroke Day 2019. Every year, the World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke, raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, and ensure better care and support for survivors.
According to data from WHO, stroke is the leading cause of death and long- term disability. Each year, approximately 15 million people suffer a stroke worldwide. In speaking to the press Prof. Dr. Mirjana Vidović, head of the Department for Cerebrovascular Disease said that every fourth individual is at high risk of stroke, and highlighted the importance of prevention and public health education. ” Our goal is to draw attention to risk factors and prevention because most strokes are treatable and preventable events. We need to put more efforts to raise public awareness on key steps one can take to lower risk of stroke. ” she said. According to her, 800 to 100 patients suffer from a stroke annually in the Tuzla Canton.
Ass. Prof. Biljana Kojić informed members of the media on the main stroke symptoms and risk factors. Some risk factors such as gender, age, hereditary factors or family’s health history cannot be controlled. But some other characteristics that one can control are alcohol use, smoking, diet, opiate use, stress and physical activity, she said and added that heart disease, arrhythmias, high blood pressure and diabetes are a major risk factors for developing stroke.
Head nurse of the Clinic of Neurology, Alma Vuleta spoke about the role of nurse/technicians in raising awareness and promoting of a healthy lifestyle among our citizens and patients.
The Student Council “MEDICUS” of the Medical faculty, University of Tuzla will once again join in celebration of World Stroke Day 2019. To mark the day this year, the students will organize two public health promotion actions on Tuesday 29 October, at Bingo City Center and Mercator shopping centers in Tuzla.