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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1
 

Acute stroke care in India


Department of Neurology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum-695 011, India

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Sanjeev V Thomas
Department of Neurology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum-695 011
India
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Thomas SV. Acute stroke care in India. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2008;11, Suppl S1:1

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Thomas SV. Acute stroke care in India. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2008 [cited 2019 Oct 18];11, Suppl S1:1. Available from: http://www.annalsofian.org/text.asp?2008/11/5/1/41712


Annually, more than 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke, 5.5 million die and 5 million are left with permanent disability. Stroke is the second most common cause of death (9.7%). The incidence of stroke is on the increase in India and other countries. In 2002 in India, 771,100 persons died and 7.3 million are leading a life adjusted to disability due to stroke. In the coming years, with the advancing age of the population, the burden of stroke will increase further in India and elsewhere. Recent studies have shown that mortality and disability due to stroke can be reduced by managing acute stroke optimally in the early phase. Management of acute stroke calls for a team approach with emphasis on early intervention. I am glad to introduce this supplement on the management of acute stroke. Dr. Jeyaraj Pandian has taken the lead to bring out this supplement. Several experts involved with stroke care have shared their experience and summarized the current knowledge on the respective topics in this supplement. We have brought out this supplement at a time when, in India, the management strategies for stroke care is undergoing rapid changes. Several new centers of excellent acute stroke care are being set up. Many young neurologists have undergone specialized training in managing acute stroke. Thrombolytic therapy is rapidly gaining momentum in India. Interventional procedures for stroke are becoming more popular. I hope that our readers will derive considerable benefit from this supplement and would cherish it for a long time




 

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