Marco Andiolo never thought a leisurely Friday afternoon stroll in the mall would save his life. The 56-year old Italian expat was shopping in Al Wahda Mall when a stroke awareness stand caught his eye. The awareness campaign was run by Amana Healthcare—a specialized provider of inpatient rehabilitation, long-term and home healthcare services— to educate the public about the prevention, detection and rehabilitation of stroke on Stroke Awareness Day, October 29th. Nurses were running through the risk factors for a stroke, the preventative measures to follow, how to recognize the symptoms, and monitoring blood pressure of interested volunteers.
“I was shocked when my blood pressure indicated an alarmingly high reading of 191/118,” Marco recalls. “The Amana Healthcare physician at the counter suggested I walk around the mall for one hour and come back to check my blood pressure again. After doing so, it was still high at 182/126.”