Today, Thursday, 29th October, is World Stroke Day and this year’s World Stroke Campaign is called ‘I am Woman’. Why focus on women? Because a woman is:
- more at risk of having a stroke.
- more likely to die from a stroke than a man.
- less likely to receive acute care and rehabilitation than a man, even though she responds equally well to treatment.
- more likely to experience a severe decline in cognitive function, and runs a higher risk of post-stroke depression and instutionalization.
- more likely than men to experience hypertension, atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), diabetes, depression and obesity, all of which increase stroke risk.
- more likely to take on the caregiving role.
- some stroke risks are also specific to women. Pregnancy related diabetes, preeclampsia, the use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy and hormonal change all increase the risk of stroke for women.
“Imagine not being able to talk to your loved ones. Imagine only being able to watch as the world around you continues. Imagine your busy, hectic life completely changing in an instant, to be left disabled and dependent on other people. Funds raised for the Stroke Appeal not only help us save lives, but restore dignity and hope and help us to strive towards helping patients get their lives back to the way they were.”
Karen Fitzgerald, Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialist at The Mercy