2019 edition of World Stroke Day (WSD)
The World Stroke Day (WSD) is observed every year on 29th October to raise awareness and reduce the incidence of stroke across the world. A stroke is a disease that affects the arteries of the brain. Whenever an artery carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain gets obstructed by a clot or ruptures – the specific part of the brain where this happens dies. There is also the possibility of a mini or temporary ischaemic stroke caused by a floating clot, temporarily blocking the blood supply. The effect of any type of stroke (also known as brain attack) is debilitating – restricted blood flow alters or stops the functions of that specific part of the brain, sometimes leading to paralysis.