Eighty percent of strokes can be prevented, and primary stroke prevention remains the most effective means of reducing the burden of stroke in Australia.
Federal and State and Territory governments need to invest in evidence-based approaches to reduce the number of preventable strokes in the community, by encouraging all Australians to live healthier lives, and better identifying and managing those at risk of stroke.
High Blood Pressure and Stroke
High blood pressure is the leading modifiable risk factor for stroke and the most preventable cause of stroke.
Federal and State and Territory governments need to invest in evidence-based approaches to reduce high blood pressure-related stroke risk in the Australian community.
This can be achieved by addressing the risk factors for high blood pressure, as well as improving its identification and management.
Smoking and Stroke
People who smoke are twice as likely to have a stroke compared with those who have never smoked.
The more an individual smokes the greater their risk of stroke, and smoking increases your risk of dying from stroke.
Federal, and State and Territory governments need to protect, and build on, the significant gains that have been made in reducing smoking rates and exposure to tobacco smoke in Australia over the last 30 years, to further reduce smoking-related stroke risk in the Australian community.