To acknowledge Samoa Language Week being celebrated in Aotearoa, the second episode of this year’s AUT Pacific Language Week video series has launched.
Narrated in Samoan (with English subtitles), this video looks at some key statistics relating to stoke in Aoteraoa.
Deputy Director at the AUT National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences, Associate Professor Rita Krishnamurthi says our Pacific community is at especially higher risk of stroke.
“What many don’t realise, is that stroke is much more common than we think, and it’s not just a disease of the elderly,” she says.
“More than 60 percent of Pacific people affected in Aotearoa are actually younger than 65 years of age.”
High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke. However, up to 90 per cent of strokes are preventable with management of lifestyle risk factors, such as a healthy diet and lifestyle, not smoking, and limiting alcohol.
The video encourages the use of the free Stroke Riskometer™ mobile app developed by Professor Valery Feigin, Professor Feigin, Director of the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at AUT, to assess their individual risk of stroke and undertake efforts to reduce the risk.
The app also been endorsed by the World Stroke Organisation, the World Heart Foundation, the World Federation of Neurology, and the European Stroke Organisation.
To watch each video in the 2022 AUT Pacific Language Videos: ‘Busting the myths around stroke’ as it is launched, follow the ‘Pacific at AUT’ Facebook page or watch on YouTube. The AUT Pacific Language Weeks project is supported by the Pacific Media Network.