The long-term cost of treating stroke adds up to more than previous shorter-term estimates suggested, a recent study of Australian patients found.
Stroke experts say they expect the cost would be even higher in the United States than in Australia, highlighting the importance of early treatment and prevention.
The study in Australia is thought to be the first to look at the cost of care for 10 years after a stroke (Gloede TD et al. Stroke. 2014;45:3389-3394). Researchers interviewed 286 patients who had a stroke and survived for at least a decade. Of that total, 243 had an ischemic stroke, while 43 had an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).
Rubin R. Stroke Care Projected to Add Up to More Than Previously Thought. JAMA. 2014;312(21):2198-2200. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15578