National Stroke Association Joins the World Stroke Congress in Proclaiming World Stroke Day

Jun 24, 2004, 01:00 ET from National Stroke Association

    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

SOURCE National Stroke Association