Deaths from strokes fall

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 December, 1999, 12:00am

The number of Hong Kong stroke victims who die from their attacks has fallen significantly, a study found.

Only 14 per cent of stroke victims died this year compared with 24 per cent in 1994.

'People nowadays pay more attention to the importance of healthy diets and medical check-ups. This may explain the drop,' said Dr Richard Kay of the Chinese University.

'More people now tend to suffer from ischemic stroke, which is fatal less often. The trend is getting similar to that seen in Caucasian patients.' Dr Kay said ischemic stroke, which is the most common form in Caucasians, was caused by blockage of the blood supply to the brain.

'But in the past, Chinese people were more likely to suffer from haemorrhagic stroke, caused by bleeding of a vessel inside the brain, which is more lethal.'