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1,000 people a year have strokes in Cyprus

Every year around 1,000 people have strokes in Cyprus, of which 200 are fatal, according to the Neurological Society of Cyprus.

“Every six seconds, a lethal stroke happens somewhere in the world, leading to the death of nearly six million people,” Volunteer Commissioner Yiannis Yiannakis said in a statement on the occasion of World Stroke Day.

“One in six people around us are in danger of a stroke sometime in their life. It is the second most common cause of death in people over 60 years old and the most frequent cause of disability,” he added.

“The role of NGOs is essential in providing information on strokes, their prevention and the promotion of healthy eating and exercise.”

“A stroke,” he continued, “can be prevented, but when it happens however it is important to recognise it in time and transferring the patient as soon as possible to hospital after a stroke can be considered a medical emergency.”

Sudden numbness, difficulty in speech, total or partial loss of sight, imbalance, and vertigo, even a strong headache, are warning signs of a stroke.

“Immediate treatment can save lives and reduce disability,” Yiannakis concluded.

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