Anyone can have a stroke, no matter their sex, age, race or ethnicity. Fiji has seen rising incidences of stroke over the last four decades, which indicates that more action is needed to reduce the risk of stroke.
Statistics tell us that 1 in 5 people will have a stroke during their lifetime, and 81% of people with heart (cardiovascular) disease will have a stroke. The youngest person in Fiji to suffer a stroke was 12 years old.
At any one time in Fiji, at least 2,000 people will have suffered a stroke. Of these;
- 30% will need a lot of assistance for the rest of their lives
- 30% will almost completely recover
- 40% will need some assistance but can do most everyday activities on their own.