Stroke is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the UK affecting 5 to 7 per 1,000 of the population1. The cost of stroke in the UK is high at £2300 million per year, and accounts for about 6% of total NHS and Social Services expenditure; this is nearly twice the amount spent on coronary heart disease. There are two main pathological types of stroke. About 80% of first strokes are ischaemic (cerebral infarction) and 10% to 20% haemorrhagic (primary intracerebral haemorrhage (PICH). Making an accurate diagnosis by distinguishing infarcts from haemorrhages is important as treatments for the two types of stroke differ and patients may suffer serious harm if the wrong therapy is administered2. Imaging techniques such as CT brain scanning are required to reliably distinguish ischaemic from haemorrhagic stroke.
|Place of Publication||Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
|Publisher||University of Aberdeen|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2005|