Central Asian Journal of Medicine


Objective: Meta-nalysis of review of the recent epidemiology of stroke in some Asian countries, including burden, registry, mortality, incidence, prevalence, stroke subtypes and risk factors. Materials and Methods: We analyzed all the publications in the PubMed, Medline, Scopus, ScienceDirect, Web of Science, EBSCO, Google Scholar databases, from the time of entry into the database until March 2018. Results: Based on data from the WHO, GBD study, recent publications from Asian countries and our own studies, we summarized and compared the main epidemiological data on stroke in Asia, including Uzbekistan. With the economic transition of these countries, towards achieving “developed country” status, risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, and cigarette smoking will become more prevalent, raising the incidence of stroke. However, due to insufficient healthcare facilities in these developing countries, the mortality will be high, and the number of disabled survivors will also rise. Conclusion: The global burden of stroke has the largest contribution from Asia. As life expectancy increases, with the aging of Asian populations and reduction in mortality due to infectious diseases, and the rise in the prevalence of vascular risk factors among economies in transition, the stroke burden in Asia will surely rise. Governments and healthcare workers need to work together, with an informed public, to stem this growing epidemic.

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