Participants in a walk along the foreshore last Friday were reminded that stroke is a serial killer that affects one in six people, with one-third of victims being under 55 years of age.
The sobering message was delivered by registered nurse Sue Mitchell to about 30 people taking part in a 40-minute walk along the foreshore during national Stroke Week which ended yesterday.
“Stroke is the second biggest cause of death in Australia, behind heart disease,” Ms Mitchell said. “Those who do survive a stroke will have a lifelong disability.”
She said one of the biggest risk factors was an irregular heartbeat which was becoming a major problem as the population ages.
“So please keep an eye on your pulse,” she said.
Other risk factors include high blood pressure and cholesterol, poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking.