Every year in New Zealand around 11,000 Kiwis suffer a stroke. Of those, around 2,700 die of the condition, most others face years of rehabilitation with many never returning to ‘normal’ and needing ongoing care and attention.
Stroke victims often cannot return to their jobs increasing the financial burden on their families, and the state’s health service.
Meanwhile, due to a virus with a mortality rate of between one and two percent, New Zealand is shut down, putting people under financial pressure and stress. The very things that can cause people to suffer a stroke (we have yet to discover 2020’s suicide rate from the government).
So far New Zealand has recorded 2,729 covid-19 cases based on the questionable PCR test. Of those, 2,682 survived, 26 elderly and sick people died, and it is suspected (not proven) that they died ‘with’ covid-19.
But still the population suffers due to the government over-stepping its authority backed by scientists who appear to love the limelight.
New Zealand’s Stroke Foundation says:
- A stroke is a medical emergency, and at any sign of a stroke you must call 111. The sooner treatment is administered the better – time is of the essence!
- Stroke is New Zealand’s second single biggest killer and the leading cause of serious adult disability.
- Over 11,000 strokes are experienced each year – that’s one every 45 minutes.
- Stroke can affect people at any age. 25–30% of strokes are experienced by people under the age of 65 years.
- The number of people experiencing stroke will rise by 40% over the next decade.4 We have already seen the number of people experiencing a stroke increase by 24% in the last three years.
- Over 75% of strokes are preventable, meaning the number of people suffering a stroke would be reduced by 3/4 if all recommended risk reduction strategies were taken in the community.
- High blood pressure is the number one modifiable risk factor for stroke.
- One in five New Zealanders experience high blood pressure. Recent research estimates a third of these people don’t know it as high blood pressure often has no symptoms.7 Reducing your blood pressure can greatly reduce stroke risk.
- Transient Ischaemic Attacks or TIAs (mini-strokes) can happen prior to a stroke. These signs of stroke disappear within minutes or hours but should be seen as a clear warning that a more severe stroke might follow. Early medical attention and treatment can prevent this. There is nothing trivial about a so-called ‘mini-stroke’ – seek medical help immediately.