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US faces looming cost of ischaemic stroke

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 24 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:412
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    In the next half century, the United States will face an “enormous” burden of stroke, estimated at a total $2.2 trillion. The cost will disproportionately affect its Hispanic and African-American populations, a study published online on 16 August in Neurology has found (doi: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000237024.16438.20).

    “Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability,” the study says. The study looked at the projected costs of ischaemic stroke from 2005 to 2050 in non-Hispanic white, Hispanic, and African-American people. The greatest economic effect will be lost earnings, the authors conclude, followed by the cost of rehabilitation.

    Hispanic and African-American US citizens have higher incidences of ischaemic stroke than their …

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