Recent initiative raises awareness of strokes and critical illness claims

Published 16 Jun 2016

There are a number of illnesses that can force people to take time off work. In the event they are unable to recover and return to the workforce, critical illness claims are essential to ensuring they are able to maintain a respectable quality of life and afford any necessary medical treatments.

Strokes are one example of these events. While some people may recover, others are often left battling the ongoing effects for years. According to the Stroke Foundation, these events are influenced by a number of different factors, such as where the artery burst and which part of the brain was impacted.

Australians become more aware of stroke risk

The Stroke Foundation recently held an event that aimed to increase awareness of these conditions and the ongoing effects on sufferers. The initiative was dubbed Australia’s Biggest Blood Check, with the intention to get as many people as possible reviewing their health conditions. In total, just over 56,000 people participated in the free pressure check.

According to Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer Sharon McGowan, a significant number of attendees were found to be exhibiting a high stroke risk. In this respect, the initiative was a major success, as many people may have remained unaware that they were even at risk without it.

“Most of those who were referred on to their health professional had no idea that they were putting themselves at significant and often unnecessary risk of stroke,” she explained.

“High blood pressure is one of the more important risk factors for stroke, [so] this quick health check may have saved their life.”

The results of the test revealed that, while often associated with older Australians, a significant proportion of the country is at risk of having a stroke. Of the many under-35-year-olds tested by the Stroke Foundation, more than 2,000 were informed that they need to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Overall, one in every three people who had their blood pressure checked by the Stroke Foundation that day were found to be at risk and referred to their doctor. The organisation also noted that the risk of having a stroke rises considerably after the age of 45, meaning people in this age bracket need to be acutely aware of their health concerns.

To find out more about living with a critical illness, contact the lawyers at Gerard Malouf and Partners.

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