Stroke is the second leading cause of death after ischemic heart disease.(1) Pakistan, currently the fifth most populous country of the world, has limited data on prevalence of stroke and its risk factors. Only two small-scale population-based studies conducted in Karachi showed stroke prevalence of 4.8% and 19.1%. (1) One study conducted in KP province of Pakistan showed estimated stroke prevalence of 1.2%. (1) The burden of stroke risk factors in Pakistan is enormous. Diabetes and hypertension are the most common risk factors in Pakistan. (2) Other common risk factors in Pakistan are active smoking, obesity, and family history of ischemic heart diseases (2) Pashtuns are reported to have higher prevalence of hypertension as compared to other ethnic groups in Pakistan (2) Unfortunately, no study has been conducted in Baluchistan (Province of Pakistan) to determine the prevalence of stroke and its risk factors in Baluchistan
Farooq, Anjum; Akbar, Wazir; and Wali, Ahmed
"Optimizing Stroke Care In Baluchistan,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 16:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol16/iss2/1