The no. of stroke deaths halved in England during 2001-2010 due to overhauls that saw increased number of patients being taken to healthcare centres, a new study has discovered.
The researchers evaluated data of nearly 800,000 adults residing in England that were hospitalised with stroke or who passed away from an acute stroke in the decade up to 2010.
As per the findings of the study, there was a drop in the stroke death rate by 55%. Among men, death rates for stroke fell from 140/100,000 people in the year 2001 to 74/100,000 people in the year 2010. On the other hand, the death rates among women dropped from 128/100,000 people to 72/100,000 people.
Though the no. of strokes dropped by nearly 20%, the management of such patients can be expensive, said the Oxford University researchers. Hence, by concentrating on reducing and preventing stroke occurrence, important resources could be conserved, they added.
Besides, there was an alarming 5% rise in the no. of strokes among the people among the age group 35-54, said the authors. This implies that there is a need of stroke prevention to be toughened in order to lower stroke occurrence in people who are below 55 years.
Notably, strokes are caused when the supply of blood to parts of our brain stops due to bleeding or clotting.