World Stroke Day is on Tuesday, 29 October, and the World Stroke Organization will be bringing global attention to the urgent need for us all to act on stroke prevention.
Stroke is the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability worldwide, and it is increasing. Stroke incidence is expected to rise 34% in Europe by 2035, with significant societal and economic impact (est. €45 bio in 2015). Learn more here in this report from SAFE.
Stroke can cause spasticity
Spasticity is a condition in which certain muscles are continuously contracted. This contraction causes stiffness or tightness of the muscles and can interfere with normal movement, speech and walking. Spasticity is caused by a brain or spinal cord lesion and is one of the most disabling conditions resulting from stroke. It affects nearly half of patients in the 12 months following their first stroke.
Working for patients
At Ipsen, patients are at the heart of everything we do. In Neuroscience, our ambition is to enable patients suffering from highly debilitating and painful muscular disorders (such as post-stroke spasticity, cervical dystonia and cerebral palsy) to regain control of their movements, helping them take back control of their lives.
We are passionate about supporting efforts to raise awareness
Strokes can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. One in four of us will have a stroke in our lifetime, but most can be prevented. Ninety percent of strokes are associated with 10 risk factors we can all do something about so, take a moment and see here for more information – #DontBeTheOne.