Thursday, December 20, 2012

Stroke is a global issue

Stroke is not just a killer in the United States, of course - a recent article highlighted the global burden of heart- and stroke-related deaths:
Ischemic heart disease and stroke caused almost 13 million deaths in 2010 — one in four deaths — worldwide, compared with just one in five back in 1990. ...
In a second paper tracking the burden of disease related to 67 risk factors, Dr Stephen S Lim (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle, WA) and colleagues report that the top two risk factors for disease in 2010 were high blood pressure and tobacco use ... .

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