Some 13,000 Catalans a year suffer a stroke, a disease that changes people’s lives and that, in Catalonia, is the leading cause of death in women and the second in men. Stroke causes five times more deaths than those caused by breast and prostate cancer. This Friday is World Stroke Day. In Europe, about 780,000 people suffer it annually.
“It is the disease that leaves more physical disability in the world “, said this Friday the ‘minister’ of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, in a press conference to announce that Catalonia has adhered to a European plan to improve the healthcare chain of people affected by a stroke. It is called the Stroke Action Plan for Europe 2018-2030 and is promoted by the European Stroke Organization and the Stroke Alliance for Europe.
“Stroke is an emergency, it comes suddenly and can be very serious. But the good news is that there are more and more treatments to reverse it and that the sequelae are the smallest possible,” said the director of the Plan Director of Cerebral Vascular Malaltia, Natàlia Pérez de la Ossa. “You have to act quickly, call 112: everything that can be done in the first minutes and hours will determine the degree of involvement,” he added.
In addition, he stressed that Catalonia has a system that allows stroke to be identified very quickly, as evidenced by the fact that, on average throughout the territory, anyone who suffers a stroke is treated by a specialist in a hospital within two hours of the first symptom.
According to the European action plan, if measures are not taken to improve prevention and healthy lifestyles, stroke cases will have increased by 34% by 2030.