Strokes have been noted as being the fourth single leading cause of death in England and Wales, and the third biggest cause of death in Scotland and Northern Ireland. However, recent research into the survival rate by Kings, Guys and St Thomas has revealed that the risk of death and disability after a stroke fell significantly between 2000 and 2015. According to the research, as a result, an estimated 6,300 more patients annually are surviving after having a stroke.
As a result, these changes could be due to improvements in the way strokes are treated. For example, higher admissions rates to hospitals and increased use of CT and MRI scans have improved earlier diagnoses. As public health has improved, this has to led to people leading healthier lifestyles and therefore fewer people having severe strokes.
“It’s positive news to see that for patients who do have a stroke, the risk of death and disability is decreasing,” commented Dr Yanzhong Wang, reader in Medical Statistics at King’s College London. “Alongside our previous work showing a reduction in the rate of strokes it shows that, although there is still more to do, trends are moving in the right direction.”
The research looked particularly at data from the 3,128 patients who had an Ischaemic stroke. Previous analysis of the same source had shown that between 2000 and 2015 the rate of Ischaemic strokes decreased by 43%, with the risk of death falling by 24%.
These positive findings show the progress that has been made in public health and treatment in hospitals’ efforts to improve fatality rates. However, strokes still occur daily and can result in disabilities which can affect individuals differently. Stroke survivors are often left with long-term problems caused by injury to their brains. Some need a long period of rehabilitation before they can recover their former independence and some will require care to re-learn skills to live an independent life again.
At Cavendish Homecare, we are experts in providing home care for individuals who have suffered a stroke but want to remain in their own homes while they recover. We work to support the patient and their family with private specialist Stroke care to reduce pain, improve comfort and quality of life. Cavendish Homecare services are wide-ranging, and we tailor our care to each unique person, it is never a ‘one size fits all solution or pre-determined package.