Here are some facts about stroke you might not know.
A stroke is a brain attack or cerebrovascular accident (CVA).
It’s a sudden interruption of blood flow to part of the brain causing it to stop working and eventually damaging brain cells. The effects can be fatal or cause devastating long-term disability.
Stroke is the second largest killer* in New Zealand.
Every year around 2500 people die after having a stroke.
* “Stroke was the second leading cause of death in 2012, after ischaemic heart disease” – Ministry of Health, Annual Update of Key Results 2015/16
Stroke strikes around 24 New Zealanders each day – young and old.
6 of those are under 65 and around 40 children die each year because of a stroke.
Strokes are largely preventable.
There is a lot you can do to significantly lower the chance of having a stroke.
High blood pressure is the major cause of stroke.
A person with high blood pressure is seven times more likely to have a stroke than someone with normal blood pressure.