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Stroke (ICD: I60-I69)

A stroke (also called cerebrovascular accident or cerebrovascular insult) is caused either by a sudden disturbance of circulation in the brain or by bleeding in the brain and is the third most common cause of death in the industrialised world. In Germany, around 500,000 people suffer a stroke every year, elderly people being particularly affected. The most common consequences are paralysis on one side of the body and/or speech disturbances. In the treatment of this medical emergency, whose most important risk factor is high blood pressure, every minute counts in order to limit the consequences.

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