Key figures


the second cause
of deaths worldwide

Sources: Deaths (number & range)3 , DALY13, Handicap4 , Evolution5

long-lasting consequences


Overall, stroke is the second most common cause of deaths worldwide and one of the first causes of acquired disability in adults. Three months after a stroke, over 54% of patients still have disabilities. Disability induced by stroke may require permanent assistance for daily care.



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