Article Text

PDF
Greece: putting theory into practice
  1. Evangelos Mamaloukas
  1. Research Fellow, 2nd Department of Neurology, University Hospital AHEPA, Thessaloniki, Greece
    ; evan12@in.gr

    Statistics from Altmetric.com

    In Greece, as in other developed countries, stroke is a major contributor to death and disability. Moreover, unlike most other countries, and according to the World Health Organization, cerebrovascular disease is not the second or third but the most frequent cause of death (20% of all deaths) while ischaemic heart disease comes second (15% of all deaths). On any one day, stroke patients occupy about 1000 beds in all the public hospitals nationwide, and the annual cost of looking after these patients has risen to €176 million. The future looks bleaker still because it has been estimated that our stroke incidence will increase—perhaps by as much as 70% by the year 2025—as the result of increased life expectancy and lifestyle.

    Although there have been important advances during the past decades in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of stroke, there are intrinsic difficulties in the Greek national health system which prevent this progress from being …

    View Full Text

    Request permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.