Frederic Destrebecq, Vinciane Quoidbach and Alison Turner at the European Brain Council discuss improvements in stroke care, awareness raising and early detection

“Stroke is a leading cause of disability and mortality among adults. It is the third cause of death worldwide and the first cause of acquired disability.1 Despite improvements in stroke care, around one-third of the 1.3 million people who have a stroke in Europe each year will not survive. One-third will make a good recovery, but one-third will live with long-term disability. Stroke causes not only acute but also chronic complications such as post-stroke dementia, depression, epilepsy and falls that cause substantial morbidity and economic costs.2

Stroke remains the leading cause of severe adult disability, so further understanding of stroke, implementation of preventive measures, and improvements in rehabilitation are vital…”

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