Kissimmee, Fla—Progress in treating acute ischemic stroke has been slow over the past decade, but some researchers are optimistic that the pace will soon accelerate.
Figures for stroke-related morbidity and mortality underscore the need for improved interventions. In 2003, there were about 700 000 first-time or recurrent strokes in the United States, resulting in almost 158 000 deaths. And while the rate of stroke deaths per 100 000 population has declined 13.9% between 1990 and 2002 to 56.2 per 100 000 population, that percentage drop is much smaller than the 25.2% decline in the heart disease death rate over the same period (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus05.pdf#highlights).
Mitka M. Researchers Focus on Improving Treatments for Acute Ischemic Stroke. JAMA. 2006;295(14):1629-1631. doi:10.1001/jama.295.14.1629