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Cost of caring for stroke patients double that of earlier estimates
Date:6/7/2010

s entering their at-risk years.

In 2011 the baby boom generation will enter the period of increasing risk for stroke. "After age 55, the stroke risk doubles every 10 years," says Dr. Hill. "This will increase the strain on our healthcare services."

Over the next two decades, the number of Canadians who are age 65 and over will grow from roughly 4.3 million today to 8 million. Their share of the population will rise from about 13 per cent today to more than 20 per cent, says Dr. Hill.

"We have to learn − and learn fast − how to respond to this situation," says Dr. Antoine Hakim, Canadian Stroke Network spokesperson.

Coordination is key. "Our objective for the study was to identify the cost drivers so decision makers can make informed choices," Dr. Sharma says.


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Contact: Jane-Diane Fraser
jfraser@hsf.ca
613-569-4361 x273
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
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