"The educational programs contained in these DVDs are the keys to improving quality of life post-stroke. It is like having a personal trainer and health professional available 24/7”Professor Antonio Culebras, MD, First-President of the World Stroke Organization
"The DVDs are excellent" Sonia Hobbs, The Lancet Neurology 2007
“As a practicing stroke neurologist I frequently see the devastating consequences of stroke. Stroke affects 1 of 6 people in their lifetime. Potentially, stroke can be prevented in up to 90% of cases. The problem is that the majority of people do not know whether they are at increased risk of stroke and even fewer know how to reduce their stroke risk. The great advantage of the Stroke Riskometer is that it allows a person to calculate their risk of stroke within the next 5-10 years. Armed with this information, an individual can take action, with the help of their doctor, to reduce their risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. Stroke is much easier to prevent than treat. As one of my patients stated, the best stroke is the stroke you never had!”
Professor Stephen Davis, MD FRCP Edin FRACP, President, World Stroke Organization
“Finally, we have a 'riskometer' that allows us to tell patients that they should assess their own risk profile. This is very motivating for persons at risk for stroke and helps them to evaluate their behaviour and actively avoid risky lifestyle.”
Michael Brainin, President, European Stroke Organisation; Professor Michael Brainin MD, Danube University Krems, Austria
“The Stroke Riskometer Pro should be of interest to all adults, particularly those with a personal or family history of stroke or heart disease, who want to know their stroke risk and how to reduce it. The app also gives users greater control over the management of their health and will help reduce the risk of this devastating condition.”
Alan Barber, Neurological Foundation of NZ Professor of Clinical Neurology and Director, Auckland City Hospital Stroke Service
“Based on the best available evidence from research, the Stroke Riskometer vastly improves upon existing similar risk estimates by including more recently described risk factors, such as those concerning diet and physical activity, and by refining risks associated with other risk factors, such as blood pressure. The Stroke Riskometer also covers a considerably wider age range (20-90 years), whereas people younger than 54 were previously unable to have such important risks calculated. Importantly, complex risks are calculated "behind the scenes" by Smartphone technology) and users have the option of using a premium version of the Stroke Riskometer which provides timely prevention information. The Stroke Riskometer is an important contribution to public health and to stroke prevention.”
Jay Fisher, Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health; The Ohio State University
“The new Stroke Riskometer is a readily accessible, quick, easy and fun tool to first, comprehensively calculate an individual’s absolute risk of stroke and second, to determine the impact of risk factor modification on the risk of stroke.”
Prof. Graeme Hankey, Head of Stroke Unit, Royal Perth Hospital Clinical Professor, The University of Western Australia, Australia
"This is a unique and outstanding video guide for stroke survivors and their families. I strongly recommend it."Vladimir Hachinski, MD, FRCPC, DSc.Professor of Neurology, University of Western OntarionLondon, Canada
"Let this set be much used and make it widely available!"Prof. Bo Norrving, International Journal of Stroke 2007 “These DVDs likewise provide valuable information and a positive message of hope.”
Dr Ian B. Ross, Journal of American Medical Association 2008
"My most sincere congratulations for a fine job. I will pass it along my institutional colleagues, as I believe this would be very useful for our patients."Jose Biller, M.D., FACP, FAAN, FAHAProfessor and Chairman, Department of Neurology, Loyola University Chicago, USA
“The New Zealand Stroke Education Charitable Trust (NZSET) and a new stroke educational website looks great and should be an excellent resource.”Associate Professor Wyatt PageMassey University, Wellington, NZ
"This set of DVDs prepared by Prof Valery Feigin, a world renowned expert of stroke, are an exceptional and new instrument for a set of people that may be involved in the care of patients with stroke. These DVDs encourage the patients and their caregivers to take responsibility for their own self-care management on a daily basis. In conclusion this small set of DVD is an extraordinary additional resource for stroke patient their family and all stroke teams should consider. I am sure Dr Feigin’s outstanding work will help considerably to improve the management of this difficult condition both in hospital and community setting."
Associate Professor Giancarlo Logroscino, MD, PhD
"I would rate this DVD series as highly useful to patients with stroke who have relatively preserved language comprehension and, certainly, to family members and caregivers of individuals status post stroke. I am not aware of any other CD/DVD series that so thoroughly explores the disease process, it's assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, as well as, prognosis and outcome. I would recommend this video series be made available to stroke patients and their families both in acute care, as well as, in community re-entry and post-acute stroke rehabilitation settings."
Nathan D. Zasler, M.D., FAAPM&R, FACRM, FAADEP, DAAPM, CBISTCo-Editor, NeuroRehabilitationChairperson, International Brain Injury Association
"The first DVD, although interesting, has less practically useful information for patients than the others in the series, and though there is emphasis on smoking cessation, exercise and nutrition, it would be most useful for patients who want to understand the theory behind what has happened to them. I will give the second DVD to patients who have suffered a hemplegia, dysphagia or dysar-thria prior to arriving home to aid rehabilitation, the third to caregivers of most patients in the immediate period after a stroke and would strongly recommend them to practices wanting to improve their patient education resources."
Dr Joseph Scott Jones, New Zealand Family Physician 2007
"Heartiest congratulations on developing New Zealand Stroke Education Charitable Trust (NZSET), which I am sure will be very useful audio visual rehabilitation and strategy material for stroke patients."
Prof. Praful Dalal, Research Director and Consultant NeurophysicianLKMM Trust Research Centre at Lialvati HospitalMumbai, India
"Professor Feigin, who published When Lightening Strikes – an illustrated guide to stroke prevention and recovery, has supplemented his work with a set of educational DVDs for and by stroke survivors. … Efforts such as Feigin’s may help not just with instruction but also motivation."
New Zealand Listener
"After 20 years of study Professor Feigin has produced a set of three DVDs of comprehensive, medically accurate procedures on how to deal with stroke victims."
The Aucklander South
"I George Tavita have found the stroke DVD very rewarding, as one of the stroke victims giving info on how I was hit with the stroke, it was also good to see how others got their stroke, also how to overcome it, also to try and learn a normal life again. I myself hope that my info in getting back to normal has helped other stroke victims".
"They are very helpful in understanding different types and causes of stroke. Also listening to different sufferers of stroke and their caregivers point of views. I recomment it that all health professionals keep a copy to show in their waiting rooms etc."
“At the very least every Hospital should have a couple of copies of these DVD’s for lending to patients, every Stroke Club should have a copy and every care facility should have a copy. It’s cheap education for those involved in caring for stroke people and the return on investment would be very fast by way of reducing falls, less physiotherapy time needed (due to unpaid caregivers being able to do the daily exercises) etc… I would recommend it to patients and caregivers.”