World Stroke Day: The World Stroke Organization calls for prevention measures as global mortality from stroke is expected to increase by 50%
GENEVA, October 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Stroke Organization (WSO) is calling on governments and healthcare systems to implement the recommendations on stroke prevention set out in the new WSO Commission on Neurology report. Lancet. The commission's report, based on a comprehensive review of survey data, guidelines and expert interviews, projects a 50% increase in strokes that will claim 9.7 million lives a year by 2050. More than 90% of stroke deaths will occur in low- and middle-income countries.
Driven by a higher prevalence of stroke risk factors, including hypertension and diabetes among a younger population, the incidence of stroke is increasing in young and middle-aged people (<55 years), contributing to global costs will skyrocket to US$2.31 trillion by 2050. In terms of stroke mortality, the prevalence of stroke-related disability is also increasing at a faster rate in low-income and low-income countries. means than in high-income countries.
“The devastation caused by stroke deaths and disabilities is not inevitable,” said WSO President Professor Sheila Martins. "Stroke is highly preventable, with easily identifiable risk factors such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, smoking, physical inactivity, diabetes, high cholesterol, tobacco and alcohol use. These manageable risks account for around 90% of all strokes There are clear, cost-effective recommendations and interventions that can be easily implemented and that we know will save lives. The WSO is committed to providing technical support to help governments develop and implement coherent national stroke surveillance and prevention strategies that can dramatically reduce burden of stroke. It can be done, and the cost of inaction is simply too high to wait any longer. We need the world to act now."
Key recommendations of the commission's report include improving access to affordable medicines for the primary and secondary prevention of stroke as part of Universal Health Coverage, potentially funded by taxes on tobacco, alcohol and sugar. Also highlighted is public health workforce development, with a focus on implementing protocol-based shared tasks/shifting from highly trained doctors and nurses to trained community health workers who can engage and help people Identify and address your risk of stroke. Financial incentives should also be offered to improve staff retention and encourage relocation to rural areas. The report also recommends measures to improve health literacy in relation to stroke prevention.
Media ContactAnita WisemanCampaign Director WSOawiseman@world-stroke.org 44 794 0029 444
Notes to editors
1. The World Stroke Organization is the only global body focused exclusively on stroke. With around 3,000 individual members and more than 100 society members spanning all regions of the world, the WSO represents more than 55,000 stroke specialists in clinical, research and community settings.
2. The WSO-Lancet Report provides data, barriers, recommendations and gaps in research on stroke prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation. The full recommendations can be found here www.thelancet.com/commissions/global-burden-stroke
3. The WSO-Lancet Neurology Commission received funding from the World Stroke Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Health Research Council of New Zealand, and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and included with the support of the National Institutes of Health (United States). It was conducted by researchers from the World Stroke Organization and the Stroke Collaborating Group of the Lancet Commission on Neurology. A complete list of the authors and their institutions is available in the report.
4. World Stroke Day was established by the World Stroke Organization in 2006 and is commemorated on October 29 each year. The day is a highlight of the WSO's year-round public awareness campaign work. Campaign information can be found at www.worldstrokecampaign.org
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