ENGLEWOOD, Colo., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Currently one in 10 deaths worldwide can be attributed to stroke. It is predicted that the number of stroke patients will double by the year 2020. In the United States this year, 750,000 people will have a stroke, and 160,000 of them will die. Today at the 5th International Stroke Society World Congress in Vancouver, B.C., the four main hosts, International Stroke Society, Canadian Stroke Consortium, Canadian Stroke Network, and National Stroke Association released the World Stroke Day proclamation to outline a framework to prevent half of all strokes worldwide by the year 2020. "Considering that stroke is currently the second leading cause of death worldwide, we are extremely excited to join in this important step towards creating the awareness necessary to help prevent strokes globally through the combined efforts and resources of stroke advocacy organizations across the world," said James Baranski, CEO National Stroke Association. Common stroke risk factors in include smoking, lack of physical activity, and unhealthy diet. According to the proclamation, prevention is the most applicable and affordable part of our knowledge, an area that is particularly neglected in developing countries. The declaration aims to promote the best stroke prevention and treatment practices as a global standard for all national health systems to implement across the world. The document calls for educating health professionals using common terms and a core curriculum with web interfaced distance learning and mentoring. "The great thing about the Vancouver Declaration is that it is setting a high standard of care for stroke survivors all over the world, Dr. Dan Hanley, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institue. Stroke units are also a major component of the plan as well as educating the public in basic stroke prevention, recognition of stroke symptoms and treating stroke as an emergency. Based in Englewood, Colo., National Stroke Association is a leading, independent national nonprofit organization devoting 100 percent of its efforts and resources to stroke. For more information contact NSA at 1-800-STROKES (767-6537) or visit www.stroke.org.
SOURCE National Stroke Association