MUSC's Chair of Neurology, Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele was the lead author on a recently published study that has some alarming facts about stroke.  The study results include:

  • Almost 4 percent of U.S. adults — nearly one in 25 — will have a stroke. This translates into an additional 3.4 million people with stroke in 2030.
  • Costs to treat stroke may increase from $71.55 billion in 2010 to $183.13 billion.
  • Annual costs due to lost productivity could rise from $33.65 billion to $56.54 billion.
  • Americans currently 45-64 years old are expected to have the highest increase in stroke at 5.1 percent.
  • Stroke prevalence is projected to increase the most among Hispanic men between now and 2030, and the costs of treating stroke in Hispanic women is expected to triple.

Dr. Ovbiagele was quoted in the AHA press release regarding the report saying, “getting patients specialized acute stroke care as soon as possible is critical. During every minute of delayed treatment, brain cells are dying. EMS systems nationwide should take patients directly to a designated stroke center equipped to quickly diagnose and administer drugs to restore blood flow to the brain.”   Our Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center is pleased to be able to offer highly specialized stroke care to the residents of South Carolina.

You can read more about the study online from TIME Healthland.