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WSC 2022 | Challenges in stroke care in low resource settings

Nijasri Suwanwela, MD, Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Stroke Center, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, discusses the state of stroke care in Southeast Asia. Low resource settings face unique challenges in stroke, in part owing to poor translation of clinical evidence into practice. While efficacious acute stroke therapies such as intravenous thrombolysis and endovascular thrombectomy are now being reimbursed in some such countries, these options are still not available to many. Other challenges include a lack of emergency medical services, dedicated stroke units, and stroke experts, particularly in more rural areas. Inadequate health literacy in some countries can also lead to patients not seeking emergency care. This interview took place at the World Stroke Congress 2022 in Singapore.

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