Stroke care in Central Eastern Europe: current problems and call for action


  • Conflict of interest: None declared.
  • The Budapest statement of stroke experts of Central Eastern European countries.

Correspondence: László Csiba, Department of Neurology, University of Debrecen, Móricz Zsigmond krt. 22., 4024 Debrecen, Hungary.



Stroke is a major medical problem and one of the leading causes of mortality and disability all over in Europe. However, there are significant East–West differences in stroke care as well as in stroke mortality and morbidity rates. Central and Eastern European countries that formerly had centralized and socialist health care systems have serious and similar problems in organizing health and stroke care 20 years after the political transition. In Central and Eastern Europe, stroke is more frequent, the mortality rate is higher, and the victims are younger than in Western Europe. High-risk patients live in worse environmental conditions, and the socioeconomic consequences of stroke further weaken the economic development of these countries. To address these issues, a round table conference was organized. The main aim of this conference was to discuss problems to be solved related to acute and chronic stroke care in Central and Eastern European countries, and also, to exchange ideas on possible solutions. In this article, the discussed problems and possible solutions will be summarized, and introduce ‘The Budapest Statement of Stroke Experts of Central and Eastern European countries′.