The data published in the Global Burden of Disease Study shows an increase in the global risk of stroke in 2016. 24.9 percent of men and 25.1 percent of women are at risk of stroke. In the 1990s, the risk of stroke was 22.9 percent. In order to lower the stroke risk, better information about the risk factors and the expansion of medical care stations is necessary, according to co-author Michael Brainin of Danube University Krems.
Data from 195 countries were published in the Global Burden of Disease Study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Regions with the highest risk of stroke are East Asia (38.8 percent), Central Europe (31.7 percent) and Eastern Europe (31.6 percent). The sub-Saharan region has the lowest stroke risk with 11.8 percent, but the stroke risk was calculated in comparison to other mortality risks. People in sub-Saharan Africa have a greater risk of dying from causes other than stroke. Gender-specific differences are also region-specific. The highest risk of stroke for men is in China (41.1 percent) and East Asia (40.6 percent), while the highest risk of stroke for women is in Eastern Europe (36.5 percent) and East Asia (36.3 percent).
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Brainin