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Acta Médica Peruana

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MALAGA, Germán et al. Stroke in Peru: current status and prospects for clinical research. Acta méd. Peru [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.1, pp.51-54. ISSN 1728-5917.

Stroke is one of the main causes of disability and mortality all over the world. In low- and middle income countries this condition may represent a critical situation because of its increasing incidence, associated disability, and high mortality rates seen in the past few decades. In health care systems such as ours, with saturated services and a slow capacity to respond, giving timely and adequate care to affected patients is a pending and unpostponable task. Stroke may cause up to 19.7% in-hospital mortality, and at one year follow-up after the event, the additional mortality rate may be as high as 20%. Half of the events are moderate to severe, and the health care system has a limited capacity for delivering adequate early rehabilitation therapy; consequently, functional limitations after one year are essentially the same. Nearly 90% of the events are associated to modifiable risk factors where prevention is essential. Stroke is a condition in which there is still plenty of work to be done

Keywords : Cerebrovascular disorders; Epidemiology; Research.

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