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The burden of stroke in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
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 4, pages 273–275, June 2013
How to Cite
Loo, K. W. and Gan, S. H. (2013), The burden of stroke in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. International Journal of Stroke, 8: 273–275. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-4949.2012.00884.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 13 SEP 2012
- MyBrain 15 (MyPhD) scholarship. Grant Number: 1001/PPSP/815073
- risk factor;
- Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance;
- stroke burden
In the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos), stroke is ranked as the third leading cause of death, with a 9·01% mortality rate. To date, neither the prevalence nor the incidence of stroke has been recorded in Laos. This omission may be attributed to a lack of awareness among Laotians of the signs and symptoms of stroke, incomplete data, or insufficient database recording. The only risk factor for stroke that has been studied extensively is cigarette smoking; studies have found that smokers have twice the risk of stroke. Unfortunately, smoking is increasing among youths, adults, and even healthcare professionals. The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance stated that 42% of hospitalized stroke patients are smokers. Laos is one of the least developed countries in the world, and the country has only one fully trained neurologist for the growing number of stroke cases. The Laos government should seek help from international bodies, such as the World Health Organization, to monitor and rehabilitate stroke patients and prevent stroke occurrence and recurrence.