What is a cerebrovascular accident (CVA or stroke)?
Cerebrovascular accidents (CVA or strokes) cause brain damage due to interruption of the blood flow to the area (ischemic stroke) or bleeding from a ruptured blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke).
Globally, strokes are:
- The second leading cause of death in people over 60.
- The leading cause of disability among the population.
- The second leading cause of dementia syndromes.
- The annual incidence of strokes in Greece is around 310 cases per 100,000 people aged 45-85, resulting in approximately 33,000 hospitalizations.
- The incidence is on a constant rising trend due to the rise in the average life expectancy and the prevalence of many CVA risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, smoking, alcohol, heart disease, etc.
- The mortality rate after a stroke is 26% in the first month and may reach up to 37% in a year.
- Around 1/3 of stroke survivors have some type of disability and require constant care, support and supervision.
In Europe, some 1,900,000 new strokes are recorded annually,
with hospitalization costs reaching €38 billion.
It is the first fully organized and equipped Stroke Unit in Greece, filling a large gap in the provisions of CVA services in the country.
It is open 24/7.
9 Ethnarchou Makariou & 1 Venizelou Streets, GR-18547 Neo Faliro