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DVD warns Irish of stroke dangers

19th April 2006

A new video and DVD campaign has been launched in Ireland to boost awareness of the dangers of stroke, reports Irish Health.

The Volunteer Stroke Scheme (VSS), which is behind the project, claims that not enough people are aware of the dangers of the affliction or how to prevent it.

The film demonstrates how simple changes to lifestyle such as keeping a check on blood pressure and stopping smoking can help reduce the risk of suffering a stroke.

Dr Peter Kelly from the Mater Hospital in Dublin and medical advisor to the VSS, commented: "The importance of blood pressure control cannot be over emphasised as it is a common but very treatable risk factor for stroke and heart disease."

The film also contains interviews with people who have suffered a stroke, such as Jean Murphy, who comments: "Following my stroke, I had to adapt to a different way of life which hasn't been easy on me or my family.

"I never knew how important it was to understand what causes stroke and how to prevent it."

Stroke is the third most common killer in the UK and Ireland.