All-Ukrainian events for the World Stroke Day starts from Uzhgorod.
On May 17, 2012 within all-Ukrainian social program "Stop a stroke", numerous events will be held in Uzhgorod on the occasion of the World Stroke Day.
Nationwide campaign "Let’s overcome stroke together" starts from Uzhgorod. The main objective of the campaign is to draw average Ukrainians’ attention to the issue of stroke. The organizers of the campaign were Ukrainian Stroke Association along with the Transcarpathian Regional Center of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Healthcare Department of Transcarpathian Regional State Administration.
One of the main events in the sequence of events in Uzhgorod, aimed to draw attention to the problem of strokes, will be a campaign "Measure your blood pressure – say NO to stroke!" with the participation of physicians of Transcarpathian Regional Center of Neurology and Neurosurgery, the Health Institution of Uzhgorod and Regional Health Center.
Within the event on May 17 at 11.00 a.m., there will be held a press conference, which will be attended by the head of the Transcarpathian Regional Center of Neurosurgery and Neurology, a Chairman of the Regular Committee of the Transcarpathian Regional Board of Healthcare Professor Vladimir Smolanka, executive director of the All-Ukrainian public organization "Ukrainian Stroke Association” Marina Gulyaeva.
Activities of the event "Measure your blood pressure – say NO to a stroke!" will be held on May 17 from 12.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., in the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration, and later at the Theatre Square from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Volunteers will organize an impromptu hospital room, where everyone will be able to measure blood pressure, blood sugar levels, to determine the personal risk of a stroke and talk with experts about stroke prevention.
In Ukraine, each year more than 120 thousand new cases of stroke are registered. In nearly 50% of strokes people become disabled, dependent on others. One third of the patients are people of working age. The incidence of stroke in the Western region of Ukraine is 188 people per 100,000 of population. The main reason of stroke is untreated hypertension, but, unfortunately, many people do not know their level of blood pressure. This is despite the fact that there are 11.5 million people in Ukraine who have this disease. That is, one in four Ukrainians is under the risk to get a stroke and this threat is fatal.
Ukrainian Stroke Day-2012 on the recommendation of the World Stroke Organization will be held under the slogan "Do I know the first five signs of stroke?" Stroke is a disease that is much easier to prevent than to cure.
The statistics of strokes is unpleasant: 35% - patients of working age, only 8% of patients return to normal life. Those patients for whom the stroke was not fatal are suffering from various neurological disorders: from the loss of ability to move, memory and intelligence impairment. 20,000 Ukrainians become disabled as a result of a stroke annually.
The main event will be the National Stroke Day, which will be celebrated on October 29, 2012 in Kiev.