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Stroke care: towards excellence in stroke care in Ireland
Council on Stroke, Irish Heart Foundation
Stroke is an illness with a huge personal and societal impact. It is the most common cause of acquired physical disability and is the cause of the second most common form of dementia, vascular dementia. There were 8,584 acute strokes admitted to hospital in the Republic of Ireland in 1997 and the inhospital mortality is 21% in general hospitals in the EHB region. There are 30,000 people with residual disability from stroke, including hemiparesis (48%), inability to walk (22%), needing help with activities of daily living (24- 53%), clinical depression (32%), and cognitive impairment (33%). This report arose from the realisation of the many groups (patient-advocacy and professional) on the IHF Council on Stroke that strategies for prevention and treatment for this devastating disease are randomly organised, incomplete and under-funded. There is no clearly stated outline of best practice and policy which is relevant to the Republic of Ireland. Focussed prevention and treatment strategies for stroke can reduce the burden of death and disability associated with stroke.
Publication Date:
Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): Irish Heart Foundation (IHF)
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): Irish Heart Foundation (IHF)
First Indexed: 2014-04-03 06:39:56 Last Updated: 2017-05-12 07:23:56