Stroke is Serious and Deadly

Stroke, ranked the second leading cause of death worldwide, is a serious condition with a high risk of death.1,2 Annually, 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke. Of these, approximately 5 million are left permanently disabled, and another 5 million die.1 The risk of death depends on the type of stroke; transient ischaemic attack (TIA) has the lowest risk of death, while the haemorrhagic stroke has the highest risk of death.1

Risk factors differ between the stroke types and appear to be related to genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.3 Hypertension, smoking, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, and heart attack are important risk factors, which can be effectively managed.1