The Burden of Stroke in Europe report: need for more support for more stroke survivors.

BoS coverThe number of strokes across the UK could rise by almost half (44 per cent) (i) in the next 20 years, according to a new report (ii) by researchers from King’s College London. The expected increase is due to our ageing population. The chance of having a stroke increases as we get older.

The increase in strokes means that the number of people living with the effects of stroke in the UK could rise by a third (32 per cent) by 2035 (iii).

The researchers cannot be sure about the predicted size of the increase, partly because the data on how many strokes happen and how many people survive stroke is not perfect.

The quality of hospital care for stroke patients varies widely across Europe. The researchers also found that, in general, countries in Europe do not collect (or publish) much information on what care stroke survivors get after they leave hospital. The data that is available shows that between countries and within countries (including the UK), there is a lot of variation in the care and support offered to stroke survivors. The researchers conclude that there needs to be more of a focus on long-term rehabilitation and support.

The main report and other publications from the project can be accessed online for free by entering your email address at the following link: http://strokeeurope.eu/

The Burden of Stroke in Europe project was commissioned by the Stroke Alliance for Europe (SAFE) and the Stroke Association.

(i) Incidence estimate: 43,326 strokes in the UK in 2015, projected to rise to 62,366 strokes in 2035

(ii) Eleanor Stevens, Eva Emmett, Yanzhong Wang, Christopher McKevitt, Charles DA Wolfe (2017). The Burden of Stroke in Europe. Stroke Alliance for Europe

(iii) The number of stroke survivors in the UK is projected to rise to 193,861 in 2035

Updated evidence on socioeconomic status, stroke risk & outcomes

new update to the evidence on links between socioeconomic status, stroke risk and outcomes has recently been published in The Lancet Neurology (you may need a subscription to access the full journal article).

The latest evidence shows that:

  • populations in low-income and middle-income countries are more at risk of stroke, and worse outcomes from stroke, than populations in high-income countries
  • deprived groups are more at risk than better-off groups within high-income countries.

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Younger stroke survivors’ experience of navigating care

Around a quarter of people who have a stroke are under the age of 65 at the time of the stroke. Younger stroke survivors have reported that the care available does not always meet their needs. However, little is known about what social factors influence younger stroke survivors’ experiences of care. To explore this, a team of researchers at King’s College London conducted interviews with people with stroke aged between 24 and 62 years who live in London.

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Stroke and cognitive impairment

Data from the South London Stroke Register (SLSR) has been used to show that there is a high prevalence of cognitive impairment (CI) among stroke survivors, which persists over time. For instance, 22% of stroke survivors [95% CI, 17.4-26.8] still had cognitive impairment 5 years following their stroke.
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