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International Conference on Neurological Disorders & Stroke and Neurooncology

Dubai, UAE

Mona Al Banna

Mona Al Banna

Title: The Bahraini stroke stastics

Biography

Biography: Mona Al Banna

Abstract

The incidence of stroke in Bahrain is rising in the Bahraini population and has nearly doubled over the last 16 years, while the incidence in the non-Bahraini population has not changed. Incidence of stroke in the Bahraini population (110/ 100 000) is now much greater than in the non-Bahraini population (27/100 000). The Bahraini stroke population is 10 years younger than Western comparators with a much higher prevalence of many of the risk factors for stroke, including diabetes (54%), hypertension (75%) and hyperlipidaemia (34%). The combination of an ageing Bahraini population alongside a high prevalence of risk factors suggests a ‘ticking time bomb’ that is likely to see a continuing rise in the incidence of stroke. The quality of risk factor prevention and hospital-based stroke care is therefore crucial in Bahrain. While 88% of patients were scanned within 24 h and 86% with non-haemorrhagic strokes were commenced on aspirin within 48 h, none of the patients received thrombolysis or were admitted to a stroke unit.

Improvement of stroke outcomes in Bahrain could be achieved through implementation of evidence-based measures, including improved risk factor management in primary care and stroke units and thrombolysis in secondary care.