Stroke deaths in the United States have been dropping quite dramatically since the
early 20th century, according to a recent report published by the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke mortality rates from 250 per
100,000 population in 1900 to about 60 per 100,000 by 2000 and 40 per 100,000
population in 2010. The report also says stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death
in the U.S. down from its earlier position as the third-leading cause of death.
The change in stroke risk and mortality is mainly due to the efforts that physicians
are making towards the prevention and treatment of stroke.
Measures to Prevent and Treat Stroke
Better blood pressure control is cited as the main reason for fall in the incidence of
stroke. In addition to better treatment, patient education is also proving helpful.
They are instructed on the need to reduce salt intake in the diet. Patient education
resources on medical websites provide information on medical concepts, diet control,
smoking cessation programs, control of blood pressure and diabetes, and on how to
maintain a healthy life style. These education campaigns are also proving very useful
patients to recognize disease symptoms and to get treatment at an early stage.
According to Dr. Lackland, professor of epidemiology at the Medical University of
South Carolina, the decline in stroke deaths is one of the greatest public health
achievements of the 20th and 21st centuries. However, there is still a long way to go
when it comes to accelerating the decline in stroke mortality rates, says this expert.
The hope is that one day; stroke will no longer be even among the top ten causes of
death in the US.
Even greater focus on with stroke prevention programs and treatment is the key to
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