First-year results of the third stroke registry in Tartu, Estonia

Cerebrovasc Dis. 2004;18(3):227-31. doi: 10.1159/000079958. Epub 2004 Jul 23.


Background: The main goal of the Third Stroke Registry in Tartu was to determine the incidence and 28-day case-fatality rates for first-ever stroke in an Estonian population.

Methods: The data collection started on 01.12.2001. All patients with first-ever stroke living in Tartu were registered.

Results: During the first year, 234 first-ever stroke cases were registered. The incidence rate of first-ever stroke age-standardised to the European population was 195/100,000, 214 (95% CI, 185-243) for men and 181 (95% CI, 155-208) per 100,000 for women. Sixty-eight patients (29%) died within 28 days of stroke onset.

Conclusions: The incidence and 28-day case-fatality rate of stroke in Estonia are high compared to other countries. It might be related to higher risk factor prevalence, stress and socioeconomic status.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Estonia / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mortality
  • Registries*
  • Sex Distribution
  • Stroke / epidemiology*
  • Stroke / mortality