In 2006, the World Stroke Organization declared October 29 as World Stroke Day, thus calling for urgent action in the global fight against the disease. Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide after coronary heart disease, causing about 6 million deaths a year.
According to statistics, about half a million people suffer from strokes in Russia every year. At the beginning of the 21st century, stroke was considered a disease of older adults, but today it is growing rapidly among the young population: about a third of all cases are persons aged 25 to 50.
The person himself can make a great contribution to the prevention of stroke. WHO experts note that the causes of cardiovascular diseases are well known - unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and smoking. Therefore, WHO recommends following a healthy diet, getting rid of bad habits, and making physical activity part of your daily or weekly routine to prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke.