International trends in mortality from stroke, 1968-1994.
Source: Stroke 31(7):1588-1601.
Abstract: Study examining trends in mortality from stroke for men and women in 51 countries in different parts of the world, 1968-1994. Data include all deaths from cerebrovascular disease for persons age 35-84 in all countries in which death certificates were estimated to be available for at least 80% of the period from 1968-1994. Age-standardized mortality rates from stroke were calculated for each country for the last available 5 years. Time trends are presented for the entire study period and for 3 separate time periods, 1968-1974, 1975-1984, and 1985-1994. The last time period was subdivided into 2 periods of 5 years each. Data were analyzed separately for men and women and for age 35-74 and 75-84. Results show large and significant differences in rates between countries, with a notable regional difference between mortality rates in western and eastern Europe. There was also a wide variation in mortality trends. (Rehabdata Abstract)