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Stroke Prevention Campaign Will be Held at MU-Varna and University Hospital "St. Marina"

Stroke Prevention Campaign will be held on 31st October from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the foyer on the first floor of University Hospital "St. Marina" and at Medical University - Varna. Within the framework of the initiative, registration for free prophylactic examinations will be carried out at Second Neurological Clinic with a Department for Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke at University Hospital "St. Marina" - Varna, which is one of the leading centres for treatment of acute ischemic stroke in Bulgaria.

Doctors and medical students will celebrate once again the World Stroke Day - October 29th through the campaign, organized by the Association of Medical Students in Bulgaria (AMSB), the Association of Students of Dental Medicine - Varna (ASDM), with the kind support of the Student Council at MU - Varna and Second Neurological Clinic with a Department for Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke at University Hospital "St. Marina" - Varna.

Cerebrovascular diseases are a global medical and social issue due to the high morbidity, mortality and disability they cause.

 According to the National Centre for Health Information 57 369 patients suffered from stroke in Bulgaria in 2016, and 96.5% (55 395) of them were hospitalized. Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) prevailed in 90.2% (51,789 cases).

Despite the progress in the treatment of AIS, stroke prevention through timely diagnosis and treatment of RF remains the most important factor in reducing morbidity. Primary prophylaxis has a huge impact on public health. High risk individuals and groups can be identified and become the subject of specific management and intervention. A global assessment of the vascular risk profile, its management and change in the individual patient, is of vital importance.

Data show that 1 out of 6 people worldwide suffers from stroke. Up to 80% of brain strokes can be prevented. In this connection, a tool has been developed that can be of great help. A free Stroke Riskometer smartphone application has been developed by international leaders in the field of stroke prevention.

Stroke Riskometer is an excellent and user-friendly tool for measuring individual stroke risk over the following five to ten years, depending on the risk factors available. The application is suitable for people between 20 and 90 years. Using the application, we can also get information on the most common symptoms preceding an acute stroke.

The greatest advantage of the Stroke Riskometer is that it allows a person to calculate the risk of stroke in the following 5-10 years. Armed with this information, one can take actions with the help of his/her GP.

 The World Stroke Day is a reminder for the population, doctors, NGOs and the media of the importance of primary and secondary prevention of cerebrovascular diseases, which will significantly reduce the mortality and disability caused by these serious illnesses.