Understanding Stroke in a Global Context

Stroke is one of the most debilitating diseases which poses a significant economic burden on society. Increasing exposure to behavioural risk factors for stroke (tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption) and air pollution are driving up the worldwide stroke burden. Although medical interventions to prevent and manage stroke have advanced considerably over the last two decades, they are not consistently implemented worldwide. Therefore, health outcomes of stroke treatment vary throughout the world.

Understanding Stroke in a Global Context addresses this serious disconnect between advances in stroke interventions and their implementation at the national level. The book aims to improve the reader’s understanding of stroke and its links to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Eight chapters present information about various aspects of stroke: causes, symptoms, signs and consequences, the challenges of stroke prevention, the magnitude of the stroke burden, medical and surgical interventions for managing stroke including stroke units, the links between stroke and the SDGs and, finally, the social and economic costs of stroke.

Key features of this volume include:

This volume is a concise handbook for healthcare policy makers, lay people, journalists, public health practitioners, under-graduate and post-graduate students, and early career level health professionals working in the fields of stroke medicine, non-communicable disease programs and healthcare development at local and national levels.