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  • World Hypertension Day - 17 May 2015

    Press Release:  Knowing and treating your blood pressure dramatically reduces your risk for stroke.   World Hypertension Day│17 May 2015 – On World Hypertension Day 2015, the World Stroke Organization call for a scale up in blood pressure screening around the world. Hypertension is the single most important risk factor for stroke. The greatest challenge is that hypertension is often undetected, and even when diagnosed, often untreated or inadequately managed. With lifestyle changes and modern drug therapies, hypertension is entirely manageable if detected. So, it plays an incredibly significant role in the fight against stroke worldwide.   “Hypertension typically has no associated symptoms and can affect people of all ages. It is the most important risk factor for stroke that we can control. Therefore, everybody should know their BP numbers,” says WSO President Stephen Davis.  One of the primary aims of the World Hypertension League (WHL) this year is their challenge to screen over 1 million people by May 17 2015. We encourage all WSO members to support World Hypertension Day in whatever capacity possible, but most importantly by promoting screening to help achieve this goal. For more information please visit About the World Stroke Organization 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 leading 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 professionals 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 organizations 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 Organization. Contact World Stroke Organization Geneva, Switzerland Tel: +41 22 906 9129 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. To download the press release, please click here.
  • Finalists Inspiration Vocal Competition

    Finalists for the Inspiration Vocal Competition  Entry #1: Leslie Ann Huggins   Be inspired by Leslie Ann Jolly Huggins, 39, of San Fernando, TRINIDAD …young stroke survivor since May 13, 2011.  Entry #2: Noelia Chumpitaz Be inspired by Noelia Chumpitaz, 31, of Charlotte, North Carolina, UNITED STATES ... young stroke survivor since June 30, 2013. Amy Edmunds  Survivor since 2002 / Founder & CEO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 843.655.2835    Skype: YoungStroke
  • Interview of WSO President, Prof. Steve Davis,in International Innovation Journal

    With 30 years of experience in stroke research, WSO President Professor Steve Davis is leading a global effort to promote awareness of this deadly condition and ensure the highest quality of care and treatment is available for all affected individuals. Here, he talks to International Innovation about the launch of the Global Stroke Care Guidelines and publication of the Global Stroke Bill of Rights. To read the article please click the icon image below. Courtesy of International Innovation – a leading scientific dissemination service.   
  • WSO President visits the ESO Stroke Master Course in Krems

    WSO President visits the ESO Stroke Master Course in Krems  On April 20, 2015 Prof. Stephen Davis, President of the World Stroke Organisation, gave a "Special Lecture" at the opening of this year's ESO Master in Stroke Medicine Programme. The Lecture was attended by the 37 doctors attending the course. In view of the topic "Recent Advances in Acute Stroke Care'' there was a lively discussion followed by a welcome reception. In his Laudatio to Dr. Davis, Professor Brainin expressed his gratitude towards the WSO for their endorsement and continous support. Many of the Master Students come from developing countries and represent a broad range of stroke care around the world. For them, it is a challenging and rewarding experience to mingle with their European student colleagues. Similarities and differences in stroke care become apparent and visible and give rise to heated discussions as well as exchange of experiences. Above all, new networks of collaboration develop among the students  that in previous courses have proven to be long lasting an extremely productive. This week of lectures is also given by the course directors Brainin and Heiss as well as Profs. Tuomilehto, Hacke, Diener, Steiner, Ale Algra, Stapf, Rinkel and Stöllberger.  ESO and WSO Scholarship recipients 2015 from the fifth course European Master in Stroke Medicine at the Danube University Krems on April 20, 2015: from left to right: Dr. Maria Rico Santos, Spain Centro Medio de Asturias, Latores-Oviedo, Spain (ESO);  Dr. Juan Calleja, National Institute of Neurology Mexico (ESO); Dr. Anemon Puthuppalil, Mumbai, India (WSO); Prof. W.D. Heiss (Programme Chairman); Dr. Miguel Angel Barboza Elizondo, Hospital Rafael Calderon Guardia, San Jose, Costa Rica (WSO);Prof.Stephen Davis (President, WSO); Prof. Michael Brainin (Programme Chairman); Dr. Duy Ton Mai, Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam (EVER); Dr. Hippolito Jose da Silva Nzwalo, Centro Hospitalar do Algarve, Portugal (ESO); Dr. Kesava Mandalaneni, St. George University, Grenada (WSO); Dr. Maria Epifania Collantes, Phillipine Gerneral Hospital, Manila, Phillipines (WSO); Carl-Christian Cerderholm, Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala, Sweden (ESO); Dr. Yang Yaping, Second Hospital Hebei Medical University, China (EVER); DR. Annette Fromm, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway (ESO).    Welcome reception for the 37 students from 25 countries arriving for the 5th course of the ESO Stroke Master Programme on April 20 at the Danube University in Krems on the occasion of the Special Lecture held by the President of the World Stroke Organisation, Professor Stephen Davis, Melbourne, Australia: "Current Developments in Acute Stroke Care" This course is unconditionally supported by EVER Neuropharma, Boehringer-Ingelheim and Takeda.     

wsa logo color The World Stroke Academy (WSA) is a project of the World Stroke Organization (WSO) and aims to improve global stroke education. The WSA provides stroke information for healthcare professionals to improve prevention, therapy and management of stroke globally.
The World Stroke Campaign (WSC) provides education and support for stroke survivors, families and healthcare professional involved in stroke treatment, management and rehabilitation. The primary focus of the WSC is the annual World Stroke Day (WSD), promoting stroke awareness to the international community and working towards pushing stroke to the forefront of the global health agenda.
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Through its biennial congresses, the World Stroke Organization (WSO) strives to offer participants opportunities to refine their skills and knowledge in the field of stroke, as well as providing excellent networking opportunities and strengthening scientific collaborations to improve the care of stroke victims throughout the world.
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The International Journal of Stroke (IJS) is the flagship publication of the World Stroke Organization (WSO) and publishes high quality research articles, reviews and clinical trial protocols from around the world. IJS is dedicated to building a global stroke community, making it a global voice for stroke research and an excellent platform for sharing international stroke research.
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Stroke Support Organizations have a key role in supporting stroke survivors and their carergivers! Below a message of hope and courage from stroke survivors in the form of artwork.


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