London: Stroke is one of the main cause of death among people over the age of 65 in developing countries like India and China, according to new research.
The study surveyed 12,373 people aged 65 and over between 2003 and 2005 in a total of 10 urban and rural sites in India, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico and China, documenting over 2,000 deaths over a three to five year follow-up period.
The research titled 'Mortality of older people in Latin America, India and China: Causes and prevention' was conducted by King's College London.
"Chronic diseases are rapidly replacing communicable diseases as the leading cause of mortality and disability in developing countries. Since stroke is the leading cause of death in older people, and education is a strong protective factor, prevention may be possible, adding years to life and life to years," said Prof Martin Prince, the led researcher....more
08:11 AM, Mar 01, 2012