• Vol. 48 No. 10, 310–313
  • 15 October 2019

Declining Stroke Mortality in Singapore and The Challenges Ahead


Stroke mortality has declined considerably in Singapore. The age-adjusted mortality rate of stroke had reduced from 20.8 to 14.1 per 100,000 patients from 2011 to 2017 (Fig. 1A).1,2 Although stroke contributed to 9.0% of all deaths as recently as 2011, mortality rates have steadily reduced to an all-time low in 2017, contributing to 6.3% of total deaths in 2017 (Fig. 1B).3 Data from the Ministry of Health, Singapore, have indicated that stroke is now the fourth leading cause of death after cancer, ischaemic heart disease and pneumonia.

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