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STROKE: TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE Stroke Week 2017 – Prevention

4 September 2017

Medtronic is a leading partner across the stroke care continuum in Australia. What is the continuum? Prevention, Detection, Treatment and Rehabilitation.

At Medtronic, we are proud supporters of National Stroke Week 2017 (4 – 10 September). This week we will be sharing more information about the stroke care continuum. We will also hear what happens when stroke care is not as good as it could be – highlighting the importance of improving access to patients who need medical technology.

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Evolving stroke care: PREVENTION

Risk factors[1] for stroke include atrial fibrillation (AF), diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension) – the most important risk factor for stroke.  AF causes an irregular heart beat and when blood flow in the heart is slow it can form clots – if these travel to the brain they can block an artery and cause a stroke.  Uncontrolled or untreated diabetes increases the risk of vascular disease: when artery walls become hard and narrow the risk of stroke increases. High blood pressure can cause clots and blood vessel weakening or breakdown: both can lead to stroke.

Some of the technologies used to address these risk factors include:

  • Pacemaker Therapy & Catheter or Surgical ablation to treat AF
  • Insulin pump and glucose monitoring therapy to treat diabetes
  • Renal Denervation for treatment resistant hypertension

More information on stroke risk factors are available from the Stroke Foundation website.

The new Stroke Guidelines GO LIVE on Monday 4 September. Learn more here.

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[1] https://strokefoundation.org.au/About-Stroke/Preventing-stroke/Stroke-risk-factors (Accessed 21st August 2017)

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