A team of MU-Varna, together with neurologists and public health specialists conducted an information campaign aimed at increasing public awareness of stroke prevention.
The first step was made before the World Stroke Day, when students got involved in promoting physical activity as a key element in stroke prevention. They joined the World Dance Chain in the Horo dance, organized by "Diana" Student Dance Ensemble in the southern courtyard of University Hospital "St. Marina" - Varna.
The working team consisted of Prof. Dr. Silva Andonova, Dr. Michael Tsalta, Dr. Dimitrinka Rosenova, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Klara Dokova, Assoc. Prof. Nataliya Usheva and Ch. Assist. Prof. Verzhiniya Atanasova. The World Stroke Organization published a declaration on stroke and dementia prevention two months ago. The team is working on implementing the highlights in it in our country as well, namely the updated stroke prevention principles. On the World Stroke Day – 29th October students disseminated information through flyers and brochures in front of the medical institutions in the city. New stroke risk assessment and prevention methods through using mobile technologies were also promoted.
Stroke Riskometer application, approved by the World Organization, was translated into Bulgarian by a team of MU-Varna. It is free and available for iOS operating systems, and pretty soon it will also be available for Android.
Stroke Riskometer application is a validated, award-winning, freely available, easy-to-use tool for individual stroke risk assessment. Your risk is calculated based on information related to your age, sex, ethnicity, lifestyle and other factors that directly affect your health and the probability of having a stroke. The tool is designed to help people and healthcare professionals to reduce stroke risk.
After downloading the application, you can join an international stroke research study, to which you can submit your data to help us learn more about stroke, risk factors and to enable us to develop global prevention strategies. People from 104 countries have already joined the study.
The Stroke Riskometer was designed by Prof. Valery Feigin from the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), targeted at reducing stroke and saving people's lives worldwide. The Stroke Riskometer was developed and proposed by AUT Ventures Ltd - a technology transfer office of the Auckland University of Technology - the world leading university based in New Zealand.
Further on a Diabetes Prevention Campaign is also to be conducted.