Health Day

Date: Saturday 2nd July 2016

Venue: Templars Square Shopping Centre, 129 Pound Way, Oxford OX4 3XH

Templars Square Shopping Centre was the setting for Health Day, a hands-on science fair which was part of Oxfordshire Science Festival (http://www.oxfordshiresciencefestival.com/).  The Living Well Oxford stall was themed around stroke, and we worked in partnership with the Clinical Innovation Adoption team of the Oxford AHSN (http://www.oxfordahsn.org/our-work/adopting-innovation/) and the Stroke Association (https://www.stroke.org.uk/) to put together a range of stroke-related activities.  These activities were designed to engage with members of the public to raise awareness of blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and stroke.

What causes stroke?  Could you be at risk?  What can you do to reduce your risk?  Come and chat with us to find out more.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition that causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.  Can you spot the difference between an ECG showing a normal heart rhythm, AF and tachycardia (an abnormally fast heart rate)?

What does AF have to do with stroke?  Why is it important that if you have AF, you have the most appropriate medication?  Come and have your heart rhythm tested by the Stroke Association, and find out more about AF and the work that the Oxford Academic Health Science Network are doing to spread clinical innovation.

A stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.  The effects of a stroke depend upon the type of stroke and which part of the brain was affected.  Handle our model brain, and find out which areas of your brain are responsible for thinking, balancing and language.  Make your own brain collage to take away.

We will also have some leaflets available for you to find out more about AF, knowing your blood pressure, and how to minimise your risks of stroke.

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Our stall was busy all day, with members of the public enjoying the opportunity to learn more about their bodies. We’d like to say a big thank you to the Stroke Association volunteers who joined us for the day.

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You can read about some of the other Health Day activities here (https://www.ndorms.ox.ac.uk/news/a-close-look-at-our-body-in-the-name-of-science?platform=hootsuite).

 

 

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