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Stroke risk linked to healthcare investment

Stroke risk linked to healthcare investment
28th October 2011

People living in countries that spend proportionally less on healthcare are approximately 30 per cent more likely to have a stroke, according to a recent study.

Researchers have shown that those living in a poorer country are more likely to die within 30 days of a stroke, have a stroke at a younger age or have a hemorrhagic stroke because there are not enough resources to prevent and manage stroke risk factors.

Dr Gustabo Saposnik, senior author of the study, stated: "The results show there is a high association between the wealth of a country, the portion of their GDP put into healthcare and outcomes for stroke patients.

"If you can reduce the risk factors [that contribute to a stroke], you can reduce the risk of stroke."

Previous research has demonstrated that people living in disadvantaged communities are twice as likely to have a stroke.

After analysing stroke vulnerability in New York it was found that living in an area with a greater than average proportion of the poor increased a person's chances of having a stroke, because of limited access to critical resources.

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