International trends in stroke mortality: 1970-1985.
We compared the pattern of cerebrovascular disease (stroke) mortality in men and women aged 40-69 years in 27 countries during 1970-1985 with the decline in coronary heart disease mortality during the same period. Stroke mortality rates declined in 21 and 25 countries for men and women, respectively. In 23 countries the decline in stroke mortality in women was greater than that in men. Countries with the highest rates of stroke mortality are also those with the least favorable secular trend. The rate of decline for stroke mortality is greater than that for coronary heart disease mortality in those countries that experienced a decline in both categories. International comparisons of risk factor levels over time are required to explain the striking differences between countries.
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