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Stroke the world’s second most common cause of death – Condition affects 16 million people each year – Benefits of treatment revolution felt differently worldwide – Prevention could add 100 million healthy life years
 
To mark World Brain Day, held annually on 22 July, the World Federation of Neurology is working, together with the World Stroke Organisation, to increase awareness of stroke this year. Despite revolutionary advances in therapy, stroke is now the second most common cause of death in the over 60s and the second most common cause of disability. Experts are calling for improved prevention measures and better neurological care in all parts of the world.
 
London, July 2017 – “Stroke is the epidemic of the 21st century,” says Prof Raad Shakir, President of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), explaining the organisation’s decision to adopt “Stroke is a brain attack: Prevent it – treat it” as its motto for this year’s World Brain Day which is celebrated in partnership with the World Stroke Organisation (WSO). World Brain Day was launched by the WFN in 2014 and is dedicated to a different topic every year. The date for this awareness day was not chosen at random: The WFN was founded on 22 July 1957. “We want to use this initiative to help reduce the number of deaths and disabilities caused by stroke,” Prof Shakir says.
 
Stroke incident somewhere in the world every two seconds
16 to 17 million people worldwide suffer strokes each year, six million of whom do not survive. There are a greater number of stroke-related deaths each year than deaths linked to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria put together. “More than one in ten deaths are attributable to stroke, making this cerebrovascular condition the second-largest cause of death in the world among people over 60. It is also a leading cause of disability,” Prof Shakir concludes. Read more