Reducing the impact of stroke and improving public health

Graeme J. Hankey, Philip B. Gorelick

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This chapter discusses strategies to reduce the impact of stroke and improve public health, as well as how these strategies may impact on a hypothetical population of 1 million people. Stroke is the second leading cause of death in the world, behind ischemic heart disease. It is also the third leading cause of years of life lost due to premature mortality. There are five treatments for acute ischemic stroke that effectively reduce death and disability: thrombolysis, endovascular thrombectomy, aspirin, organized multidisciplinary care in a stroke unit, and decompressive hemicraniectomy. Physical rehabilitation improves functional recovery after stroke, and incorporates functional task training; active and passive musculoskeletal, neurophysiological, and cardiopulmonary intervention; and assistive devices and modalities. Systematic and coordinated programs for immediate and long-term preventive care after a stroke/TIA are needed to reduce the evidence-to-practice gap and improve the appropriate long-term uptake of healthy lifestyle behaviors and use of inexpensive, effective drugs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWarlow’s Stroke
Subtitle of host publicationPractical Management
EditorsGraeme J. Hankey, Malcolm Macleod B, Philip B. Gorelick, Christopher Chen, Fan Z. Caprio, Heinrich Mattle
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781118492390
ISBN (Print)9781118492222
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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