Improved Survival Rate of Stroke

May 13, 2020 STROKE care

Improved Survival Rate of Stroke

A stroke is a serious condition that occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. There are two main types of stroke, Ischaemic and Haemorrhagic. Both types affect the brain in different ways and have different causes. Ischaemic strokes are the most common type and occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. Factors such as smoking, diabetes and obesity can put an individual at risk of an Ischaemic stroke. The second is a Haemorrhagic stroke which occurs when a blood vessel inside the skull bursts and bleeds into and around the brain and main cause is high blood pressure. 

Recent research

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.

 Cavendish Homecare

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.

Our compassionate and helpful team is always on hand to advise you. If you would like more information drop us an email at info@cavendishhomecare.com or speak to one of our team on 0203 008 5210.