Twenty years ago, the Canadian province of Ontario launched an aggressive campaign to tackle stroke from all angles: it focused on prevention and awareness; strengthened its acute care practices and response times; and increased access to stroke rehabilitation.
It worked. Stroke rates have fallen 32% in a decade. But that was not all. Dementia rates have also fallen – by around 7% – confirming what Dr Vladimir Hachinski, a pioneering researcher in the field, already suspected: preventing stroke helps prevent dementia.
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