Siemens, World Stroke Organization sign 2-year stroke care deal

Siemens Healthineers and the World Stroke Organization have inked a two-year partnership to improve global access to stroke care.

The collaboration will focus on low- and middle-income countries and will allow Siemens and the World Stroke Organization to offer education and training programs that spotlight stroke as a global healthcare issue.

Stroke is the second-leading cause of death and the third-leading cause of disability in adults. Its incidence is rising in low- and middle-income countries, Siemens said, and the global financial cost of stroke is expected to reach $1.6 trillion (1.5 trillion) by 2050. Low- and middle-income countries will experience 87% of the disease burden.

Siemens and the World Stroke Organization will offer hands-on education workshops and training programs aimed at strengthening clinical capacity and driving access to mechanical thrombectomy, they said.

"Delivery of mechanical thrombectomy requires a complex range of actions across the healthcare system, from raising public awareness of stroke symptoms to ensuring timely hospital presentation, to bringing acute healthcare systems up to levels that enable fast diagnosis and clinical decision-making," according to Siemens.

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