” But high blood pressure – known to doctors as ‘hypertension’ – is a silent killer of our mob because there are no obvious signs or symptoms, and many people don’t realise they have it. “
A staggering 82 percent of those, found to have high blood pressure, were not aware prior to taking the health check and were referred to their doctor for a further assessment.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are between two and three times as likely to have a stroke than non-Indigenous Australians which is why increasing stroke awareness is crucial.
Too many Australians couldn’t spot a stroke if it was happening right in front of them.
We know that in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities this awareness is even lower.
We want all Australians, regardless of where they live or what community they’re from, to learn the signs of stroke.”
Stroke Foundation and Apunipima ACCHO Cape York Project
” Naomi and Rukmani’s stroke rap runs through vital stroke awareness messages, such as lifestyle advice, learning the signs of stroke, and crucially the need to seek medical advice when stroke strikes.
“Music is a powerful tool for change and we hope that people will listen to the song and remember the FAST message – it could save their life,”
Stroke Foundation Queensland Executive Officer Libby Dunstan
Naomi Wenitong pictured with her father Dr Mark Wenitong Public Health Officer at Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Cairns:
Share the stroke rap with your family and friends on social media
Listen to the new rap song HERE
Research has shown the number of strokes would be practically cut in half (48 percent) if high blood pressure alone was eliminated
NACCHO has published over 90 articles Aboriginal health stroke prevention and recovery READ HERE
“It can happen to anyone — stroke doesn’t discriminate against colour, it doesn’t discriminate against age “
Photo above Seith Fourmile, Indigenous stroke survivor campaigns for culture to aid in stroke recovery
” Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who experience and die from cardiovascular disease at much higher rates than other Australians.
What you don’t know can hurt you. Heart disease and strokes are the biggest killers of Australians, and the biggest risk factor for both of them is high blood pressure.
But high blood pressure – known to doctors as ‘hypertension’ – is a silent killer because there are no obvious signs or symptoms, and many people don’t realise they have it. “
John Kelly CEO-National, Heart Foundation
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, when compared with other Australians, are:
- 1.3 times as likely to have cardiovascular disease
- three times more likely to have a major coronary event, such as a heart attack
- more than twice as likely to die in hospital from coronary heart disease
- 19 times as likely to die from acute rheumatic fever and chronic rheumatic heart Disease
- more likely to smoke, have high blood pressure, be obese, have diabetes and have end-stage renal disease.
It was World Hypertension Day yesterday and the Stroke Foundation is determined to slash stroke numbers in Australia – with your help.
Today kicks off Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check for 2018 and communities are being urged to take five minutes out of their day for a potentially life-saving blood pressure check.
More than 4.1 Million Australians are living with hypertension or high blood pressure, putting themselves at serious and unnecessary risk of stroke.
Research has shown the number of strokes would be practically cut in half (48 percent) if high blood pressure alone was eliminated.
The major concern with high blood pressure is many people don’t realise they have it. It has no immediate symptoms, but over time, it damages blood vessels and increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.
How you can help?
- Have a free blood pressure check at your nearest location or ACCHO doctor.
- Encourage your family and friends to take advantage of a free check.
- Help spread the word via social media: Research has shown the number of strokes would be practically cut in half if high blood pressure alone was eliminated.
- Get your free health check today! https://bit.ly/2ps1UOn #WorldHypertensionDay
- I am urging you – no matter what age you are – to have a blood pressure check regularly with your ACCHO GP (General Practitioner), pharmacist or via a digital health check machine.
- Stroke strikes in an instant, attacking the brain. It kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer and leaves thousands with an ongoing disability, but stroke is largely preventable by managing blood pressure and living a healthy lifestyle.
- Stroke Foundation and SiSU Wellness conducted more than 520,000 digital health checks throughout 2017, finding 16 percent of participants had high blood pressure putting them at risk of stroke
Given there will be 56,000 strokes in Australia this year alone, if we can reduce high blood pressure we will have a direct and lasting impact on the rate of stroke in this country.Yours sincerely,
Chief Executive Officer