As South Africans commemorate World Stroke Awareness Week from October 28 to November 3, the Ekurhuleni metro urges residents to be open-minded about the symptoms of stroke and importance of taking treatment for recovery.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, strokes claim nearly 70 lives daily in South Africa.
Stroke is increasingly becoming a public health challenge that causes death and disability globally.
The acting manager of acute and chronic care in the City’s Health and Social Department, Patrick Magodzho, explained what happens when you have a stroke.
“Strokes occur when the blood supply to parts of the brain is cut off, and without blood, which carries oxygen, brain cells can be damaged or die, depending on which part of the brain is affected and how quickly the person is treated.
Magodzho further explains that when patients are cared for, supported to adhere to treatment and attend rehabilitation programmes, the negative impact of strokes can be minimised.
Taking control of health conditions that raise one’s risk for stroke and taking healthy lifestyle changes can go a long way in preventing strokes.
These changes include:
• Keeping blood pressure controlled through lifestyle changes and/or medications
• Do not smoke
• Take steps to manage your cholesterol by eating less fatty food
• Limit your alcohol consumption
• Exercise regularly
• Maintain a healthy weight.
“Stroke is not curable but manageable.
“The rehabilitation services that are offered to stroke patients include physiotherapy, occupation therapy, speech and audio therapy,” he concluded