Stroke and dementia, major threat to global health

2024-03-27 15:45:00, Shëndeti CNA
Stroke and dementia, major threat to global health
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Scientists say stroke, diabetic nerve damage and dementia are making neurological diseases the biggest cause of ill health worldwide.

According to a recent study published in the journal Lancet Neurolog, researchers from the University of Washington in the US and their international collaborators say that neurological conditions now affect 3.4 billion people worldwide.

The global number of total nervous system health loss has increased by 18.2 percent from 375 million in 1990 to 443 million in 2021.

Experts say that promoting lifestyle changes to help prevent these diseases is essential given the limited resources for health care and the lack of cures for many neurological diseases.

Bulgaria leads

Bulgaria has long experienced one of the highest rates of stroke in Europe, with around 150 stroke deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015, according to a report by the European Stroke Alliance.

But not enough has been done for prevention, say local doctors.

"Bulgaria is really one of the leading countries in Europe, maybe in the world, in terms of the incidence of stroke. This has been the case for a long time, it is not something new. The reasons for this are probably complex" , said Professor Ivan Milanov, managing director of the St Naum Neurological Hospital in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

"A very small number of Bulgarians carry out real prevention, which can protect them from a stroke. This is the control of blood pressure and some other factors related to the possibility of stroke. This in Bulgaria I think it is quite neglected," Milanov added./ CNA 

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