Acute Ischemic Stroke Prevention Among Smoking Workers in the Urban Establishment

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Bootsakon Seaharatanapatum


The workers have important role for establishing a stable family and developing a country’s economic system. Healthy workers increase the ability of working performance, and thus, stable income growth that can improve their quality of life. On the other hand, workers who have severe health problems can have early morbidity or mortality including ischemic stroke. This is an emergent group of insufficient blood flow to the brain which is called “Acute ischemic stroke” is an emergent condition of insufficient blood flow to the brain.1,12,15 Several causes can lead to acute stroke, including diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, lack of exercise, inappropriate consumption, usage of contraceptive pill, and smoking. Previous studies showed that the highest rate of smokers was in the working population aged between 15-59 years old. The risk of ischemicstroke was higher in that particular population when compared to other groups, who were not smoking.2,7,13 Specially, concerns are made to the workers who are smoking in the area of urban. This could result in higher risk of acute ischemic stroke.4,5,8,11,16 Therefore, the occupational healthnurse plays important roles to ensure the proactive health promotion among smoking workers for preventing acute ischemic stroke. The occupational health nurses should focus on providing knowledge and special counseling about smoking cessation for smoking workers so that they can practice the effective behavior changing techniques in smoking cessation.


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