Stroke steals 2 years of healthy life
December 11, 2010
Complications shortly after a stroke deprive patients of about two years of
healthy life, according to new research.
In a study of more than 1,200 patients suffering from ischemic stroke, the
researchers gauged the impact of stroke and its complications using
disability-adjusted life years (DALY) measures of age, gender and disability
The study revealed that patients suffering any of a range of complications lost
an average of 5.21 DALY, a difference of 2.1 healthy life years.
Patients with one complication lost 1.52 additional DALY on average, while
patients with two or more complications lost 2.69 DALY.
“This study delineates the burden of post-stroke complications with a more
comparable and more understandable scale — healthy life years lost,” said
Keun-Sik Hong, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and associate professor at
Inje University in South Korea.
The study appeared in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.