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Children recognising stroke indicators could 'cut treatment costs'

Children recognising stroke indicators could 'cut treatment costs'
16th December 2009

In order to reduce instances of serious stroke, a team of experts is recommending that schools teach children about signs of stroke in order to prevent their parents being hit by the problem on a huge scale.

The Kids Identifying and Defeating Stroke (KIDS) project has been conducted in middle schools in Corpus Christi, Texas, where 54 per cent of the residents are of Hispanic origin.

This is because scientists understand that those of such a racial background are more susceptible to stroke, with the demographic being 1.5 to two times more likely to be affected by the condition than those of a Caucasian background.

Lead author Kathleen Conley, a professor of health education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, said the project has been a major success and ought to be rolled out elsewhere.

She continued: "We are very encouraged by the results and would like to see more investigation in the area of teaching children about recognising stroke and motivating them to call 911 immediately."

On average, one-third of people who are hit by a serious stroke will die from the experience, according to the Stroke Association.

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