Firstly lets consider what is a stroke?
A stroke is a condition in which the brain cells suddenly die because of a lack of oxygen. This can be caused by an obstruction in the blood flow, or the rupture of an artery that feeds the brain.
Who is at risk?
Strokes among young and middle aged people are on the rise with a 25% increase within the last 20 years. Recent research by The Lancet shows that the instances of strokes suffered by people aged 20 to 64 years is on the increase.
Strokes in this age group now make up 31 per cent of the total number of strokes, compared to 25 per cent before 1990.
The study futhermore points worryingly that the overall amount of disability, illness and premature death caused by stroke is projected to more than double worldwide by 2030.
“Despite some improvements in stroke prevention and management in high-income countries, the growth and ageing of the global population is leading to a rise in the number of young and old patients with stroke,” according to researchers from the University of Burgundy in France.
How to reduce your chances of suffering a stroke?
Methods of reducing your chnace of suffering a stroke include reducing the amount of salt in your diet, reducing calorie intake, drinking less alcohol and not smoking tabocco. Another highly effective way of reducing your chances of suffering a stroke is having regular health checks either with your GP or health screening. Health screening with will identify potential stroke risk factors and recomend life style changes that will reduce further your chance of suffering a stroke.
For more information contact us at Health Screening Ireland and we will happily book you an appointment.
The benefits of health screening can be felt by both the employer and the employee alike. Health screening is an effective way of increasing employee morale, and leads to reduced sickness and levels of absenteeism.
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