EVERY year 1,500 to 2,000 strokes are registered in the province of Malaga.
However, according to Pedro Serrano, Head of Neurology Services in the Regional Hospital, advances in treatments have reduced mortality and any chronic conditions following complications. He went on to point out that pathology reports show that many cases of strokes in young people are linked to cocaine use.
In recent years, stroke treatment in Malaga has gone from virtually no assistance to introducing therapies that can be extremely beneficial and help remedy disability situations. Also, the number of patients who are allowed access to such treatments has grown.
The most important factor is the initial identification of stroke symptoms as the success of treatment depends on how quickly it is actually applied. Other factors, like age, play a big part as it is found that in younger patients it affects men more than women due to a difference in lifestyle such as the consumption of certain substances, In the long term, as age rises, the chance of stroke among females grows which is connected with women living longer.
Stroke mortality has been declining in Spain for the last twenty years. This is due to the recognition of risk factors, primary care and greater efficiency of treatments in the acute phase. The availability of stroke units has also reduced deaths as a patient is now able to arrive at hospital and receive the correct treatment to allow them to leave again.
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