1 in 6 people will suffer a stroke. It could be a family member, a friend, or it could be you. Stroke is Australia’s second biggest killer and a leading cause of disability. Did you know stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men then prostate cancer?
So how can you take action to reduce your risk of stroke?
Stroke has risk factors that we can’t control; such as aging, gender and a family history. However, we know the following risk factors are related to lifestyle choices and in consultation with your doctor could be managed to effectively reduce your risk of stroke:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Cigarette smoking
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- High alcohol intake
If you are concerned about any of the above points, book an appointment with your GP and talk about reducing your risk of stroke today.
Studies have shown that 65% of people living with stroke suffer permanent disability that leaves them requiring assistance for activities of daily living. At Everyday Independence we have trained therapists that are passionate about stroke who are able to promote independence and tailor programs to individuals, facilitating participation in meaningful, everyday activities. Our multidisciplinary teams aim to support people to live an everyday life, everyday.
Please call Everyday Independence on 1300 179 131 for more information.
Rachael McLeod, Physiotherapist at Everyday Independence