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Health at a Glance 2017

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.

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Mortality following ischaemic stroke

Worldwide an estimated 26 million people have experienced a stroke, with over 10 million people having an initial stroke each year. Stroke is the second leading global cause of death behind heart disease and accounted for just under 12 percent of total deaths worldwide in 2013 (American Heart Association, 2017). Stroke is also the second leading cause of disability. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted, leading to a necrosis (i.e. cell death) of the affected part.

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