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Stroke in China and India: Big populations, big challenges

Having more than one-third of the world’s 7.6 billion population, China and India experience heavy personal, social, and financial costs of stroke and other vascular disease, in the context of having a high prevalence of background vascular risk and rapidly evolving demography (aging, urbanization), lifestyles (sedentary, diet), and economies. However, their differing health care systems and insurance schemes may influence the patterns of care and recovery from stroke, but to date, no one has directly quantified this. The article by Li et al.1 in this issue of Neurology® is therefore a welcome contribution to defining the comparative patient profile, as well as the management and outcomes, for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) between these 2 countries.

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