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Stroke Numbers Expected to Rise says Institute of Public Health

Findings from the latest research conducted by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) has predicted that the number of adults with clinically-diagnosed stroke is expected to rise by 21% by 2020, with an expected 29, 000 people suffering from the condition by that time.

However, the research also points out that while the numbers of people who have had a stroke diagnosed by a doctor is expected to rise, the proportion of the adult population will change only slightly, from 0.7 per cent in 2010 to 0.8 per cent in 2020.

On the research, Prof Kevin Balanda, IPH Associate Director, commented:

“Approximately three-tenths of the increase in the number of people with stroke will be due to increases in the size of the population and seven-tenths will be due to population ageing, including the increases in risk factor levels associated with ageing. In this context, it’s worth noting that in 2010, 2 per cent of adults aged 55 and over had a stroke diagnosed by a doctor.”

Prof Balanda cautioned that the forecasted figures were underestimates of the number of adults with stroke, as they did not include undiagnosed stroke. He also noted that the estimates and forecasts do not explicitly include transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs), although some TIAs may have been misdiagnosed as stroke and been included in the figures.

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