Health Talk: Stroke, 29 October 2016

Health Talk: Stroke, 29 October 2016

Stroke is serious business indeed.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), stroke is the second leading cause of death for people above the age of 60 years, and the fifth leading cause in people aged 15 to 59 years old.
Worldwide, 15 million people suffer a stroke each year, and of those nearly six million die from the stroke. It is estimated that, if current trends continue, by 2030 there will be 20 million annual stroke deaths and 70 million survivors.

In South Africa, it is roughly estimated that 150 000 people suffer a stroke annually and of these over 25 000 die from the stroke.

The sad part of this is that stroke is to some great extent preventable and treatable.

Today is World Stroke Day and the focus of our show.

We have an esteemed expert panel comprised of a Consultant Neurosurgeon from Groote Schuur Hospital, head of Emergency Medicine at Wits University, an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Therapist.

With the help of these experts we will understand what the stroke is, how it occurs, why it occurs, how we can prevent it, what to do when you suspect that someone might be having a stroke and what treatment and rehabilitation options are there for stroke survivors.

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