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WSC 2022 | Overcoming challenges to population wide strategies for stroke prevention

Valery Feigin, MD, PhD, FRSNZ, FRAS, FAAN, AUT’s National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience (NISAN), discusses the challenges of implementing population wide strategies for primary stroke prevention. Lifestyle factors such as smoking and excessive salt consumption can increase the risk of stroke, however strategies to reduce these lifestyle choices such as the taxation of cigarettes have often faced backlash from the industry. With the rise of digital technology, in particular smartphone use, over the past 15 years, Prof. Feigin suggests a new approach to population wide stroke prevention that takes advantage of such developments. The mobile phone application, the Stroke Riskometer™, aims to spread awareness of stroke risk factors and provide a personalized risk assessment for the user. This interview took place at the World Stroke Congress 2022 in Singapore.

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Valery Feigin reports the following disclosures: Free Stroke Riskometer app and Prevents-MD are copyrighted and owned by Auckland University of Technology.