Stroke prevention in New Zealand: Can we do better?

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  • Valery L. Feigin,

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    1. Faculty of Health and Environmental Studies, National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
    • Correspondence: Valery L. Feigin, School of Rehabilitation and Occupation Studies, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, Faculty of Health and Environmental Studies, National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences, AUT University, AUT North Shore Campus, AA254, 90 Akoranga Dr, Northcote 0627, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand.

      E-mail: valery.feigin@aut.ac.nz

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  • Rita Krishnamurthi,

    1. Faculty of Health and Environmental Studies, National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
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  • P. Alan Barber,

    1. Department of Neurology, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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  • Bruce Arroll

    1. School of Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Abstract

There are approximately 45 000 stroke survivors in New Zealand and this number is projected to increase to 50 000 survivors, with annual costs to the health system exceeding $700 million by 2015 if no effective primary stroke prevention strategies are introduced. However, development of evidence-based stroke prevention strategies requires answering several research questions. In this article, we summarize some key research questions that are particularly pertinent to stroke prevention in New Zealand.

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