Global Summit on Stroke

2015-08-03 - 2015-08-05
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Stroke occurs due to problems with the blood supply to the brain either the blood supply is blocked or a blood vessel within the brain ruptures. A stroke is a medical emergency, and treatment must be sought as quickly as possible. As a result, brain tissue becomes damaged or dies, affecting speech and motor capabilities. Treatment of stroke patients can include immediately administering a drug called t-PA or other anti-clotting medicines to clear a clogged blood vessel, or surgical intervention when necessary. There are more than 6.4 million stroke survivors in the United States. Every year, there are about 800,000 strokes in the United States so, one stroke every 40 seconds Birmingham is the most populous British city outside London with 1,092,330 residents. The city is a major international commercial center, ranked as a beta− world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and an important transport, retail, events and conference hub. It is the third most common cause of death in the UK, and one of the most important causes of significant adult disability. Each year in the UK, approximately 120,000 people have a first stroke, 30% of whom die within a month. In addition, about 30,000 recurrent strokes occur. The risk of having a stroke before the age of 85 years is one in four for men, and one in five for women. The cost of stroke care is high, with an estimate in the National Audit Office report of £7 billion per year.

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