Lifestyles

Spotlight on stroke

Every day around 24 New Zealanders will have a stroke – a quarter of those occur in people under 65. Stroke is the third largest killer in New Zealand and the major cause of serious adult disability in New Zealand. Up to 80% of strokes are preventable.

The Stroke Riskometer app is an easy to use tool to measure your individual risk of stroke in the next five to ten years. Developed by AUT researchers and in collaboration with international leaders in stroke prevention, the Stroke Riskometer calculates your risk through evaluating a series of risk factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle and other health factors that directly influence your likelihood of a stroke.

The Stroke Riskometer app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play. Most people can’t recognise the signs of a stroke occurring. Make sure you are aware of the signs to look for.

Source: Stroke Foundation of New Zealand / AUT University