Letters

Cuba: better care for stroke

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7540.551-a (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:551
  1. Pedro O Orduñez-García, director (pordunez@gal.sld.cu),
  2. Marcos D Iraola-Ferrer, doctor,
  3. Rubén Bembibre Taboada, doctor
  1. Hospital Gustavo Aldereguía Lima, Cienfuegos, Cuba

    EDITOR—Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Cuba. The age adjusted mortality in 2003 was 43% lower than in 1970. Rates fell moderately in 1970-9 (2.8% per year), slightly over the following two decades (0.15% per year), and more rapidly in 2000 (3.5% per year).1 This pattern shows that the impact of high rates …

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