A new approach needed to overcome stroke prevention: experts

Melbourne researchers have found that the current primary stroke prevention steps are not enough and fragmented, and a more holistic "" very "very necessary approach.
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Melbourne researchers found that current primary stroke prevention measures are insufficient and fragmented and that a more holistic approach is "urgent" necessary. Research, Lancet Public Health, offers a combined approach where behavioral, pharmacological and structural interventions are used in conjunction to combat stroke prevention more effectively. Dr. Lisa Murphy, Executive Director of the AVC Foundation, Adve Services and Research and co-author of the research document, said that primary stroke prevention strategies are mainly intended for behavioral changes such as quitting, eating healthy and exercise, and are effective at the individual level but there must be a wider approach. "For example, it is unlikely that the awareness campaigns for improving healthy food or physical activity will succeed if there is poor access to healthy foods or some spaces for physical activity . These are structural factors that must be treated so that behavioral and pharmacological elements are effective. »»

The search offers a toolbox to provide this combined approach to the conclusion. It is a question of integrating behavioral interventions, such as the improvement of lifestyle, pharmacological interventions such as the management of drugs and knowledge, and structural interventions such as collaboration with other countries, changes of politics and the supply of a healthier environment. "We hope that this collaborative approach will minimize the current fragmentation and the ineffectiveness of the primary prevention of strokes to benefit not only to stroke patients, but also to the healthy health system," said Murphy. More than 27,400 Australians had a stroke for the first time in their lives in 2020 - it's a blow every 19 minutes. Currently, stroke costs Australia $ 6 billion a year, but an additional $ 26 billion is lost in well-being due to disability and premature short and long-term. However, a Deloitte study estimated that in 2025, $ 2.6 billion in economic costs and well-being can be saved by improving access to care for strokes and reducing high blood pressure. The Director General of the AVC Foundation, Sharon McGowan, welcomes the research and the impact it could have on the reduction of the economic and human burden of the stroke. She said her conclusions are timely because the new Australian government will envisage initiatives that support the national strategic action plan for heart disease and stroke. "We know that 80% of cerebral vascular accidents are avoidable, therefore everything we can to improve current prevention strategies and reduce
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