Tallaght Hospital to hold free stroke talk

Tallaght Hospital to hold free stroke talk

Tallaght University Hospital is hosting a free Stroke Talk event on April 24 at 3pm in the Conference Room at Tallaght County Library.

One in six people will have a stroke at some time in their life and it is the third biggest killer in Ireland.

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It is the leading cause of preventable disability in the western world. Stroke mostly affects people over 65 years of age, however it can strike at any age.

If a stroke takes place rapid response is crucial as you lose one day of independent living for every minute delay.

The information session will focus on the signs and symptoms to watch out for so that you can act fast if you or a loved one are experiencing a stroke as well as answering audience questions.

Prevention and rehabilitation

The Stroke Talk session will be led by Dr Dan Ryan, Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Physician from Tallaght University Hospital and will focus on ways in which you can help prevent a stroke, rehabilitation after a stroke and caring for loved ones who have experienced stroke.

Speaking about the upcoming session, Dr Ryan, said; “While stroke is more common in older people, it can happen at any age and it’s important that people understand the risk factors, so they can reduce their chances of getting a stoke.

“Small changes like reducing blood pressure and cholesterol as well as lifestyle changes like giving up smoking and reducing alcohol intake can have a big impact on your overall health and reduce instances of stroke.

“More than three quarters of strokes are due to a combination of these risks. I will be addressing a number of areas in relation to stroke at the event and will answer any questions attendees might have. I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to Tallaght County Library on April 24.”

The free event is part of an initiative that Tallaght Hospital began last year in partnership with the Patient Community Advisory Council (PCAC) and is part of a series of regular public talks on various health topics and common health issues featuring medical, nursing and allied health professionals in 2018.