Brain strokes - the second most important cause of death and the most widespread cause of disability - are a social problem as well as a health issue. Aging populations will probably lead to an even greater incidence of this pathology. In order to contain its consequences, prevention is certainly a crucial strategy. Progress in scientific research has also led to effective therapies for treating strokes' acute stages, thus permitting neurological recovery in more than half of all cases. This book discusses the causes of brain attacks, prevention measures addressing risk factors, new treatment models (such as "stroke units"), novel therapies, as well as anticipated future developments.
Maria Guarino is a neurologist at the Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, where she is in charge of the management of acute strokes and transient ischaemic attacks.