World Stroke Day 2023: Theme, History, Significance

World Stroke Day is observed annually on October 29 to highlight the serious nature of strokes and the alarming rates at which they occur. The day also aims to raise awareness of prevention and treatment of stroke and ensure better care and support for its survivors.

The global awareness day was established by World Stroke Organization and provides a global platform to increase awareness and drive action on stroke around the world. People all over the world observe this special day with great enthusiasm.

World Stroke Day 2023 Date

Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for World Stroke Day for the next 5 years.

World Stroke Day 2023October 29, 2023Sunday
World Stroke Day 2024October 29, 2024Tuesday
World Stroke Day 2025October 29, 2025Wednesday
World Stroke Day 2026October 29, 2026Thursday
World Stroke Day 2027October 29, 2027Friday

World Stroke Day 2023 Overview

EventWorld Stroke Day 2023
DateOctober 29, 2023
Declared byWorld Stroke Organization
Observed byWorldwide
Purpose of celebrationTo raise awareness of stroke signs and the benefits of timely access to emergency medical care.
World Stroke Day 2023 ThemeTogether we are #GreaterThan Stroke

World Stroke Day Significance

Stroke is considered as a widespread health issue all over the world and currently is the single largest cause of disability and the second largest cause of death globally. Taking the seriousness of the strokes in account, their frequency and how less people know about it, it was deemed necessary to observe a day of awareness regarding stroke and its prevention.

With this view in mind, every year World Stroke Day is celebrated on October 29.

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History of World Stroke Day Observation

World Stroke Day was established in 2004 by the World Stroke Organization at the World Stroke Congress in Vancouver, Canada. The idea of observing the day was presented by  Dr. Vladimir Hachinski and October 29 was chosen as the day of celebration.

Dr. Hachinski also created a working group which was incorporated into a World Stroke Proclamation in October 2006. In 2006, the International Stroke Society and the World Stroke Federation merged to form the World Stroke Organization and it took over the management of World Stroke Day.

The first World Stroke Day was observed on October 29, 2004. celebrities such as Indian Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, former Miss Egypt Dalia El Behery and cyclist Alberto Contador are goodwill ambassadors of World Stroke Campaign.

World Stroke Day Celebration

World Stroke Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the serious nature and high rates of stroke. It is also a platform for the WSD advocates to come together and talk about about the ways in which the burden of stroke can be reduced through better public awareness.

Many organizations at global, regional and national levels conduct events and activities to illuminate people about stroke prevention and access to acute treatment.

The World Stroke Organization also runs a campaign every year for the cause and also work towards support for stroke survivors and caregivers.

Anyone interested can join and support the campaign with the help of WSO toolkit that provides all the information and resources required. Organizations seeking to advance stroke policy, elevate the issue of stroke to improve stroke awareness, prevention, treatment and support by driving change through governments and institutions can use these toolkit and resources too.

World Stroke Day Campaign

The #Precioustime campaign of World Stroke Organization aimed to raise awareness of stroke signs and the benefits of timely access to emergency medical care.

The campaign was started last year only for observing the World Stroke Day.

Best Stroke Preventing Methods

On this World Stroke Day, let us learn a few simple tips for stroke prevention:

  1. Take a diet rich in low-fat, high fiber diet such as fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
  2. Keep your cholesterol level low and blood pressure healthy with regular exercise.
  3. Excessive smoking increases chance of stroke. Avoid that.
  4. Similarly, excessive consumption of alcohol can cause high blood pressure and trigger stroke.  Avoid it too.
  5. By making simple changes in your lifestyle like healthy habits, balanced diet, regular exercise, you can prevent stroke.


Why do we celebrate World Stroke Day?

World Stroke Day is observed to raise public awareness about the serious nature and high rates of stroke and to discuss ways to reduce this.

Is there any Stroke Awareness Month?

In many countries, May is observed as Stroke Awareness Month.

When do we celebrate World Stroke Day?

October 29 every year

What stroke day do we observe on May 10?

The idea to create a day of awareness was started by the European Stroke Organization in the 1990s. However, due to financial limitations, the effort was limited only to Europe. The organization celebrates its stroke awareness day on May 10.

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