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Medical and patient communities call for urgent action to prevent stroke crisis in Latin America
Date:9/9/2011

  • Medical and patient communities call on national policymakers in Latin America to take urgent action against preventable strokes that strike millions of people with atrial fibrillation (AF) each year
  • AF increases the risk of stroke fivefold and is responsible for one in five of all ischemic strokes caused by a blood clot blocking a blood vessel in the brain 1,2,3,4
  • Millions of people in Latin America suffer from AF
    • In Brazil, there are around 1.5 million patients living with AF 5
    • In Venezuela, it is thought there are 230,000 AF sufferers, with this figure predicted to rise to one million by 2050 6
  • The consequences of stroke can devastate not only a patient's life, but also that of families and carers. 7,8 Long-term help and care is required for most survivors 9
  • The economic implications of stroke are significant. For example, in Argentina and Brazil, national healthcare spending on initial hospitalization for stroke patients has been calculated at approximately US$434 million and US$450 million, respectively 10,11
  • The impact of stroke is predicted to rise dramatically as the population ages and it has been predicted that deaths due to stroke in Latin America will triple by 2024 12

Mexico City, 8 September 2011 Urgent coordinated action from national governments, medical societies and patient organizations is needed to avoid a public health crisis resulting from the tide of preventable strokes that leave many people with atrial fibrillation (AF) mentally and physically disabled or dead, every year. How Can We Avoid a Stroke Crisis in Latin America?, a report from Action for Stroke Prevention a group of health experts from around the world - reveals the huge economic, social and personal burden of AF-related strokes across the region. Launched today at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 3rd Latin America Conference, the report proposes measures to tack
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