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  • Lives Disrupted: The impact of stroke on women - major report published by the WSO Society Member, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canada

    Lives disrupted: The impact of stroke on women  A major report on stroke and women was recently released by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canada – a Society Member of the World Stroke Organization.  Stroke and women – why is this an issue? According to the Heart & Stroke 2018 Stroke report stroke disproportionately affects women. More women die of stroke, women have worse outcomes after stroke, more women are living with the effects of stroke and they face more challenges as they recover. Stroke also disrupts women’s lives. It affects their roles at home, at work, and in the community. It strains their relationships and threatens their independence. Stroke affects women differently from men and they are at higher risk at key stages: during pregnancy, after menopause, and when they are elderly, and some women are at greater risk than others. And yet, women experiencing stroke are often at a disadvantage. Many are under-aware of the signs and their personal risk factors. They do not always benefit equally from treatment and care, and they are under-supported in their recoveries with fewer opportunities for rehabilitation. They are also under-represented in stroke research, especially older women who face the greatest burden. Differences between women’s and men’s brain health are just starting to be understood. Opportunities exist across the continuum of stroke care to better understand these differences and ensure equity for women’s brain health. The report is available at   #TimeToSeeRed is Heart & Stroke’s powerful new awareness campaign to support women’s heart and brain health, aimed at galvanizing Canadians to push for and make changes, and at a faster pace than we have seen in the past. Find out more at
  • One World Voice for Stroke at the 71st World Health Assembly and UN High Level Meeting on NCDs

    The World Stroke Organization leadership team and stroke survivors drawn from our membership network are in Geneva this week. They are contributing to critical health policy discussions taking place in and around the 71st World Health Assembly. In a packed programme they will be participating in sessions; contributing to partnership side-events; meeting with WHO technical leads and collaborating with our advocacy colleagues in the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) arena to improve stroke prevention and equitable access to quality clinical care.       As a key global meeting in the global health policy calendar, the World Health Assembly provides a crucial advocacy opportunity for WSO members and partners.  Discussions and decisions made in Geneva this week are not only important in accelerating progress on NCDs but provide a key opportunity for WSO members to ramp up national advocacy initiatives, build dialogue with their Ministries of Health and make sure that stroke is on everyone’s agenda in advance of the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs, in New York on September 27th 2018.The draft outcome document for the HLM will be drafted over the next few weeks, so the WHA is a key opportunity to advocate to governments the impact of stroke on individuals and on economic development. In this context, we will be highlighting the potential return on investment for governments and societies that could come from addressing critical gaps in prevention and treatment of stroke.What are we asking WHO and Member States to do? As the single biggest cause of stroke, we are asking governments to develop health system capacity to tackle hypertension. Investments that address the root causes of hypertension, strengthen health systems and improve access to screening, management and treatment could substantially reduce the risk of stroke, dementia heart attacks, heart failure and kidney disease and contribute to the achievement of SDG3. Taxation of unhealthy commodities that contribute to stroke incidence such as tobacco, alcohol and sugar sweetened beveragesnot only has the potential to reduce potentially harmful levels of consumption, but can generate income that can invested in disease prevention and treatment. We are calling for governments to reinforce the implementation of the WHO best-buys. Stroke is responsible for 5,5 million deaths per year and accounted for 116 million disability-adjusted life-years in 2016.  Investing in stroke has the potential to make a significant contribution to reduction in premature death, disability, health and social care costs globally. We ask that governments prioritise investment in stroke to increase access to essential stroke treatments.  What are we doing?  As members of the Leadership Group of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, WSO has contributed to the development and delivery of a WHA side event on 22nd May: At Positioning Circulatory Health in Universal Health Coverage: The Case for Hypertension participants will  learn how universal health coverage can be made to work for circulatory health and for people living with hypertension. WSO Campaign and SSO Committee member Rita Melifonwu will unpack the reality of pursuing universal health coverage for hypertension in Sub-Saharan Africa. Swiss stroke survivor and hypertension patient, Nicolas Diserens will share his personal experiences of living with hypertension. We are drafting a White Paper on Circulatory Diseases and Co-morbidities with our partners in the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health to inform the UN on NCDs WSO leadership is meeting with WHO technical leads to discuss essential medicines and devices for stroke prevention and treatment. WSO is working in partnership with WHO to gather data to inform a Lancet Commission on Stroke Services in Low and Middle Income Countries. The Lancet Commission is expected to be presented around the time of the UN HLM in New York. Advocating for stroke as a highly visible part of the NCD Alliance #enoughNCDs campaign. What can you do? As an individual or as a representative of your national/local stroke organization write to your Ministry of Health asking for your Head of State or Minister of Health to attend the UN High Level Meeting in September in New York.  Having high-level participation will increase ownership and commitment to the outcome document. Write to your government or Ministry of Health to request a meeting to discuss national stroke priorities and put across your key messages. Engage with local stroke organizations, civil society networks, professional networks and patient groups who share your commitment to NCD prevention and make sure that stroke asks feature in partnership advocacy messaging. Use websites and social media to raise awareness of stroke issues in the context of NCDs. Follow the World Stroke Campaign on social media, join the conversation and share key messages to your online community. #enoughStroke #enoughNCDs Keep us informed of your local advocacy plans and activities and of course any successes, so that we can share these in our communication with members and partners. E-mail updates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tools and resources to help The World Stroke Organization’s Advocacy Toolkit provides a step by step guide to developing your key asks in relation to stroke and could be a useful tool to prepare for meetings with government representatives, public campaigns etc. The NCD Alliance campaign website provides some key messages and visual resources that can be used to support your communication on stroke issues. You can also add your voice to the Our Voices section to ensure that the experiences of stroke survivors and caregivers are visible within the campaign The World Stroke Campaign website contains key messages, information resources and calls to action on stroke prevention and treatment. These can be adapted and used to support current campaigns.
  • WSO Newsletter - March 2018

    The March edition of the WSO Newsletter is now online, please click here to view it.
  • WSO endorses revised, patient-centered measures for stroke interventions

    The World Stroke Organization is among the 12 medical societies, which endorsed the Revised guidelines for the nonsurgical, image-guided interventional treatment of acute ischemic stroke. This revision updates standards of practice first published in 2013 and establishes 15 metrics on patient care and outcomes, based on findings of recent scientific studies about interventions such as thrombectomy (clot removal) and revascularization (opening blocked arteries). The guidelines cover important factors in selecting patients for interventional treatments and ensuring optimal outcomes.   The endorsement of this important document is in line with WSO’s mission to reduce the global burden of stroke through prevention, treatment and long-term care. The updated guidelines were published in the April edition of the peer-reviewed journal of the Society of Interventional Radiology, the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.   The document is available HERE.

wso play The World Stroke Academy (WSA) is a elearning portal for the World Stroke Organization (WSO). it provides stroke information on a dynamic, and award-winning online, elearning platform for healthcare professionals with an aim to alleviate the global burden of stroke through the education of stroke practitioners worldwide.
WSC-One-Voice-Logo resizedThe World Stroke Campaign works to raise awareness of stroke prevention, treatment and support. World Stroke Day on the 29th October provides a focal point for the campaign bringing together members, partners and stroke survivors to speak with one voice for stroke across the world

Montreal, Canada, October 17- 20, 2018
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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Infarct location is associated with quality of life after mild ischemic stroke: Chen Lin

In patients with mild ischemic stroke, small but eloquent infarcts may have devastating effects, particularly on health-related quality of life. Carmen Lahiff-Jenkins, Managing Editor of the International Journal of Stroke spoke to Dr Chen Lin from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago Illinois in the US, who was lead author for the article ‘Infarct location is associated with quality of life after mild ischemic stroke’, recently published in IJS.

This study looks at the association between acute infarct location and 3-month health- related quality of life in patients with mild ischemic stroke.

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