Cuba: better care for strokeBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7540.551-a (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:551
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In Cuba, Cerebrovascular Diseases constitute one of the most important health problems, affecting about 5% of the population of 65 and over and causing 10% mortality. Half of survivors have sequelae.
The mortality for Cerebrovascular Diseases have evidenced a progressive increase over the past 70 years, being highest in 1999.
In the past 5 years in Cuba, 7 900 people die annually from this cause, of whom about 85% are 60 years old or more.
With the advent of the Unit of Cerebrovascular Diseases in Sancti Spiritus the quality of the attention paid to this type of sick person has undoubtedly increased. They count on a structure geographically delimited for the care of patients with this problem, with a trained, and dedicated staff, coordinated for an expert neurologist, with available diagnostic services during the 24 hours of the day and protocols written for the handling of the patients, based on scientific evidence.
In spite of the care given to patients with Cerebrovascular Disease, the number of cases in Sancti Spiritus have increased and represent a serious problem for the economic and social area of our country.
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