LONDON, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The World Stroke Organization will team
with global medical technology leader Boston Scientific Corporation
(NYSE: BSX), to further raise awareness and take action in the worldwide
fight against stroke.
"The WSO aims to reduce the global burden of stroke through prevention,
acute treatment and long-term care," said WSO president Prof. Stephen
Davis. Joining forces with Boston Scientific and other leading
companies involved in the stroke field, to address atrial fibrillation
and other stroke-related conditions, directly helps us to achieve that
As the newest member of the World Stroke Campaign, Boston Scientific
will join other sponsors to raise awareness about World Stroke Day to
take place on October 29, 2013 and will support additional World Stroke
Organization efforts to share key messages and important information
about stroke prevention and treatments through campaign websites,
pamphlets, posters, educational efforts and email messages.
"Boston Scientific is dedicated to improving the health of patients
around the world and supporting WSO in efforts to increase awareness of
stroke is a natural extension of our mission," said Keith Dawkins,
M.D., global chief medical officer, Boston Scientific. "We are
committed to developing innovative technologies which may provide
alternatives to the current standard of care for stroke, and the WSO
efforts to support patient education about stroke, risk factors,
prevention and treatment options are highly complementary to our work."
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 15 million
people suffer a stroke each year. Stroke is the second leading cause of
death for people above the age of 60 and the fifth leading cause in
people aged 15 to 59. It also affects children, including newborns.
Each year, nearly six million people die from stroke. In fact, stroke
is responsible for more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS,
tuberculosis and malaria altogether. Stroke is also the leading cause
of long-term disability, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity or
The WSO launched the World Stroke Campaign in 2010 with the theme "1 in
6" to call attention to the fact that one in six people worldwide will
have a stroke in their lifetime. Stroke knows no borders and can strike
at any age. More information about the campaign can be obtained by
The WSO is calling on its member organizations and partners to share the
WSO "1 in 6" challenge by asking them to remind individuals about these
important steps in preventing stroke:
Know their personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, and
high blood cholesterol.
Be physically active and exercise regularly. Attain and maintain a
healthy body weight.
Maintain a healthy diet high in fruit and vegetable and low in salt,
sugar, saturated and trans fats to stay a healthy state and keep blood
Limit alcohol consumption.
Avoid cigarette smoke. And, if they smoke, to seek help to stop now.
Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke.
The World Stroke Organization (WSO) was established in October 2006.
WSO's mission is to reduce the global burden of stroke through
prevention, treatment and long-term care. As the lead international
body for stroke, WSO aims to accomplish its mission by:
Fostering the best standards of practice
Increasing stroke awareness among the population and among health
Preventing subtle cerebrovascular disease leading to gait disorders,
imbalance, vascular cognitive impairment and behavioral changes
Influencing policies for stroke prevention and improved health services
Providing education in collaboration with public and private
Facilitating stroke research advocacy for people with stroke
Fostering the development of systems and organizations for long-term
care and support of stroke survivors and their families.
With individual and organizational members worldwide, including stroke
support groups, WSO is the global voice for stroke. WSO is the only
international stroke NGO in official relations with the World Health
Organization (WHO). Prof. Stephen Davis, MD, FRCP, Edin FRACP, from
Melbourne, Australia, is the president of the World Stroke
SOURCE: World Stroke Organization
For further information:
Jose Julio Divino, MPH, Senior Campaigns Officer, Manager, Marketing and Communications, World Stroke Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, Tel +41-22-906-9123, Mobile +44(0)7624040107, Email email@example.com