Conflict of interest: None declared.
Burden of stroke in Cambodia
Article first published online: 13 SEP 2012
© 2012 The Authors. International Journal of Stroke © 2012 World Stroke Organization
International Journal of Stroke
Volume 8, Issue 6, pages 475–478, August 2013
How to Cite
Loo, K. W. and Gan, S. H. (2013), Burden of stroke in Cambodia. International Journal of Stroke, 8: 475–478. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-4949.2012.00868.x
Funding: We acknowledge financial support from a Research University grant (1001/PPSP/815073). The first author was supported by MyBrain 15 (MyPhD) scholarship.
- Issue published online: 23 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 13 SEP 2012
- Research University. Grant Number: 1001/PPSP/815073
- risk factor;
- stroke burden;
- traditional therapy
In Cambodia, stroke is not ranked among the top 10 leading causes of death, but infectious disease are among the top three leading causes of death. This finding could be attributed to a lack of awareness among Cambodians of the signs and symptoms of stroke or to poor reporting, incomplete data, lack of neurologists and neurosurgeons, or low accessibility to the hospitals. The only study of stroke in Cambodia is the Prevalence of Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factors in Cambodia survey, which identified several stroke-related risk factors in the population. Tobacco chewing or smoking is the main risk factor for stroke in Cambodia. Traditional therapies, such as oyt pleung (moxibustion) and jup (cupping), are widely practiced for stroke rehabilitation. In Cambodia, there are few neurologists and few important equipment, such as magnetic resonance imaging machines and computed tomography scanners. The Cambodian government should cooperate with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund to attract foreign expertise and technologies to treat stroke patients.