KUALA LUMPUR: With an estimated 40,000 Malaysians suffering from stroke each year, and six new cases cropping up every hour, doctors at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC), have come up with something new to reverse this worrying health trend.
Enter the Stroke Riskometer which was launched at the UKMMC last week.
The Star reported that this is the first ever Malay-language smartphone application that allows users to calculate their risk of stroke.
There are two versions of The Stroke Riskometer. A Lite version uses 20 scientifically tested questions for anyone between the ages of 20 and over 90 to calculate the risk of suffering a stroke in the next five to 10 years.
It can also indicate risks for a heart attack, dementia and diabetes. For a small fee, users can upgrade to the Pro version to get personalised advice, save and track results, access to videos and e-mailed results, the Star reported.
Over the past few years, the Government has struggled to reduce red flags in Malaysian healthcare trends, said UKM medical faculty dean Prof Dr Zaleha Abdullah Mahdy.
She said that an estimated 40,000 Malaysians suffer a stroke each year, with six new cases reported every hour.
UKMMC Neurology Unit and the university developed a Bahasa Malaysia version of The Stroke Riskometer, an award-winning app from Auckland University of Technology.
The app is free for download for Android and iOS users, and can be found at Google Play and the App Store.