Decrease Deaths Due to Stroke in Europe

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According to a research report published in the European Heart Journal, deaths due to cerebrovascular disease conditions such as strokes, mini-strokes, and others have reduced significantly across Europe.

Over the years, cerebrovascular disease claiming life has significantly reduced according to a recent survey released by researchers. Researchers studied the mortality trends in three particular cerebrovascular disease (ischaemic stroke, haemorrhagic stroke, and sub-arachnoid haemorrhage) for 37 years (1980-2016).

The data was collected from World Health Organization (WHO) by the researchers from the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford, the University of Bath, University of Edinburgh, and Deakin University, Australia, to examine mortality patterns from 1980 to 2016.

The researchers observed significant decline in the death rates from all the three types of cerebrovascular diseases in both men and women across the whole of WHO European region. They also witnessed a steep decline in mortality in the most recent period in seven countries in men (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, and Hungary) and six countries in women (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland). Also, some countries (eight in men and ten in women) showed no change in mortality rate during the recent period.

Stroke due to age-standardized was found to be higher in men than in women for all countries. Over period taken under consideration since 1980, more than half of countries with available data shows significant decrease in age-standardized death rates from ischaemic stroke (56% of countries in men and 51% in women) and haemorrhagic stroke (58% and 67% of countries in men and women respectively).  

“Our findings highlight a need to counter inequalities by understanding local contexts in disease occurrence and treatment. In particular, we need to encourage the implementation of evidence-based recommendations in the prevention and treatment of stroke in all countries,” said Dr Nick Townsend, lead researcher and associate professor in public health epidemiology at the University of Bath.

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