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August 3, 1984

Stroke mortality declines; still major health problemm

JAMA. 1984;252(5):594. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350050002002

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Although cerebrovascular disease remains a major health problem in the United States and elsewhere, "the death rate from stroke declined by 46% from 1968 to 1981," an American Heart Association (AHA) official—Edward S. Cooper, MD—points out.

Cooper, who is professor of medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, is chair of the AHA's Stroke Council. He noted during the AHA's annual scientific sessions in Anaheim, Calif, that "the rate of death from all diseases in the United States dropped by only 13%" while a larger decline in stroke-related deaths was being documented.

And, says a researcher at the Center for Demographic Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, "recent data suggest that this trend [the declining mortality rate associated with stroke] is continuing." Kenneth G. Manton, PhD, an associate research professor at the center, has been working with the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke (NINCDS), Bethesda, Md,