Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good news but still work in progress

Better results - but miles to go.

Recent released numbers show some good news about the rate of strokes overall and avoiding deaths as a result of a stroke. Still, strokes are the greatest cause of adult disability in the United States, and we still have a problem in this country with smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Still, a new report shows that in the U.S., strokes and stroke deaths have decreased over past decades:
The chance of dying after having a stroke also fell during the study. Over a 10-year period, the number of deaths per 100 strokes dropped by eight. That decrease was particularly prevalent among the youngest study participants and was similar for both sexes and races.
Coresh said the decline in strokes and improvement in survival may be attributable to better control of risk factors - particularly high blood pressure, also known as hypertension - as well as increased smoking cessation and diabetes control.
“I think we’ve been working on hypertension awareness, treatment and control for 40 years now,” he said. “Largely it’s a story of success but as (with) many things in health it’s never done. We need to keep doing better and better.”
Photo from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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