Stroke and stroke care in China: huge burden, significant workload, and a national priority

Stroke. 2011 Dec;42(12):3651-4. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.111.635755. Epub 2011 Nov 3.


At the same time as the world recognizes the rapid economic development in China, Chinese healthcare system has also had significant improvement. However, this nation of 1.4 billion faces tough challenges in treating stroke, the leading cause of death in China. The recently completed Chinese National Stroke Registry has provided new information on the status of stroke epidemiology, diagnosis, management, and prevention strategies in China. In this article, we summarized these new findings, described the effort of providing and improving stroke care, and illustrated the challenges in risk factor modification and secondary stroke prevention. Well-designed epidemiological surveys and clinical trials for stroke prevention and management are still urgently needed in China.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • China / epidemiology
  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Registries
  • Risk Factors
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Sex Factors
  • Stroke / epidemiology*
  • Stroke / prevention & control
  • Stroke / therapy