• Vol. 48 No. 10
  • 15 October 2019

Declining Stroke Mortality in Singapore and The Challenges Ahead



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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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