Smoke Can Cause Strokes: New Partnership Seeks To Save Lives
The Quit and Stroke Foundation has partnered to provide training and resources for stroke clinicians to help people recovering from stroke quit smoking, thereby reducing their risk of having another stroke.
The program aims to integrate best practices in smoking cessation care in hospitals and rehabilitation centers through several initiatives, including the development of online training, resources and information webinars. The partnership will also highlight the importance of quitting smoking for people with stroke, through public education activities and appropriate resources.
A recent survey of stroke clinicians by the Quit and Stroke Foundation found that while 95% of respondents agree that it is part of their role to encourage patients to quit smoking, almost half rarely or never to provide smoking cessation counseling to patients. Only 40% agree that they have the knowledge and skills to do so.
Director of Smoking Cessation Dr Sarah White said the training package will help stroke clinicians provide helpful information and advice on quitting smoking and show them how to provide practical assistance. .
“The training and resources provide stroke clinicians in all settings with the knowledge and skills to provide a brief, three-step counseling model: ask, counsel, help. The model helps facilitate patient access to best tobacco addiction treatment practices: a combination of Quitline counseling (13 7848) and quit smoking medications when clinically appropriate, ”she said. .
“It’s a quick, easy and effective way to have a smoking cessation conversation with patients. Asking, advising, helping fits easily into a normal consultation, ”said Dr. White.
Stroke strikes the brain and can change lives in an instant. Smoking increases the risk of stroke by increasing blood pressure and reducing oxygen in the blood. Smoking also increases the stickiness of the blood, which can lead to blood clots.
Professor David Thomas of the Stroke Foundation’s Advisory Subcommittee on Health Promotion said the benefits of quitting smoking for people with stroke are profound in terms of recovery, management and prevention. Recurrent strokes.
“People who quit after a first stroke reduce their risk of recurrent stroke to just 1.3 times that of a non-smoker,” said Professor Thomas.
“I encourage all stroke clinicians to take the training,” said Professor Thomas.
“Attending healthcare professionals are on the front line and have an important role to play in helping patients quit smoking and preventing an additional burden of disease from smoking.”