Frequently asked questions

What is the Stroke Riskometer?
Why should I analyse my risk using the Stoke Riskometer?
How can I download the Stroke Riskometer apps?
Do I pay for the app?
Can I get my money back?
What should I do if my risk is shown to be high or I am concerned about my risk?
How often do I need to monitor my risk?
How long should I keep the app?
Is the Stroke Riskometer endorsed by any organisations?
Is my result secure?
Can I share my results with my doctor or another person of my choice?
Can I invite my friends to use the Stroke Riskometer and encourage them to prevent their risk of stroke, heart attack, dementia and diabetes mellitus?
Who should I contact to find out more about the app?

What is the Stroke Riskometer?

Stroke Riskometer is an assessment tool to assess your risk of stroke over the next 5 to 10 years based on your answers to 20 questions. It is a great tool to assess and regularly monitor your risk of stroke. The Stroke Riskometer App has been scientifically tested and presented to the scientific community at national and international scientific forums. It is being used in over 70 countries, and the number of countries is growing fast.

Stroke Riskometer Pro will provide some advice on how you can manage the risk factors that are relevant to you. You can also email your results to yourself or a person of your choice (doctor, family etc.).

Why should I analyse my risk using the Stoke Riskometer?

Stroke is a very disabling disease, and is the second highest cause of death worldwide with someone having a stroke every 45 seconds. But stroke is highly preventable and could be avoided in over 80% of cases if people knew their risk of stroke, their risk factors and how to control them. By reviewing your personal risk you have the ability to reduce your risk of suffering the debilitating effects of stroke.

How can I download the Stroke Riskometer apps?

Stroke Riskometer and Stroke Riskometer Pro are available on both Apple App Store and GooglePlay. Click here for details of the (free) iOS version and current available languages and click here for the Pro version and current available languages.

Do I pay for the app?

Stroke Riskometer is free for everyone. The Stroke Riskometer Pro has a small download fee which you pay only once, and all future app updates are provided free.

Stroke Riskometer is a not-for-profit app and all money from sales go to AUT University to support further research and education in New Zealand and internationally.

Can I get my money back?

The small amount of money you paid for the Stroke Riskometer Pro is not refundable.

What should I do if my risk is shown to be high or I am concerned about my risk?

Information provided on this app is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice or be used for diagnosis. Due to unique individual needs and medical history, please consult your doctor regarding any concerns you have regarding your risk. Your doctor will assess the information for your specific situation and assist you in decisions regarding treatment and/or medication.

How often do I need to monitor my risk?

If your risk is low (same as someone of your age and sex without any additional risk factors), it is recommended that you reassess your risk on an annual basis in alignment with other medical assessments; perhaps in partnership with your physician so that your result can be recorded into your medical files. It is recommended to re-assess your risk each time your health condition changes or there are changes in your lifestyle (diet, physical activity, smoking status, etc).

It is important to remember that although your current risk of stroke is not elevated, some people in that relatively low stroke risk category may still develop a stroke in their lifetime. To lower your risk of developing a stroke and remain in the low risk category you will need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If your risk is elevated (greater than someone of your age and sex without any additional risk factors), it is recommended to re-assess your risk at least every six months and each time your health condition changes or changes in your lifestyle are introduced (diet, physical activity, smoking status, etc.).

How long should I keep the app?

Prevention of stroke, heart attack, diabetes and dementia is a lifelong endeavor. We encourage you to keep the app and use it each time you have changes in your health or lifestyle to see what impact these changes make on your risk and how to manage your risk appropriately. We also plan to update the app as soon as new scientific evidence about prevention of stroke, heart attack, diabetes and dementia becomes available. By keeping the app on your smartphone you will automatically be notified about updates.

Is the Stroke Riskometer endorsed by any organisations?

The Stroke Riskometer is developed by Professor Valery Feigin, from AUT's National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences. Prof. Valery Feigin is a world leading stroke research expert and a practicing clinician.

The Stroke Riskometer is endorsed by AUT University, the World Stroke Organization, the World Federation of Neurology and the International Association of Neurology and Epidemiology.

The Stroke Riskometer Pro contains internationally recognized guidelines on managing risk factors.

Is my result secure?

If you do not elect to participate in the study, your results are not collected. If you elect to participate in the study, your data is collected twice for research purposes (at the beginning of the study and 12 months later). This data will be encrypted and kept in a secure database at AUT University.

Can I share my results with my doctor or another person of my choice?

Yes, you can do it by clicking the 'Email' button on the Results page.

Can I invite my friends to use the Stroke Riskometer and encourage them to prevent their risk of stroke, heart attack, dementia and diabetes mellitus?

Yes, you can do it by clicking 'Share' button on the Results page. You will be taken to your FaceBook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn where the information about the Riskometer will be given.

Who should I contact to find out more about the app?

For general enquiries, you can contact us at admin@strokeriskometer.com

For research study related enquiries, you can contact us at riskometer@aut.ac.nz