Each hour in the Czech Republic, at least one person dies from a stroke. Each year, the disease takes approximately 12,000 lives of the 42,000 thousand people who suffer a stroke, which makes it the third most common cause of death in the country. On the global scale, strokes are the second most common cause of death and the most common cause of disability in older patients. Every year, strokes affect up to 17 million people around the world, and one-third of these people die from this disease. While most Czechs can correctly recognize a heart attack, only one-quarter of them can diagnose a stroke, even though early treatment dramatically increases a person’s chances of survival. In order to increase the number of self-reliant patients, an important part of the team’s activities consists of developing and implementing innovative methods of diagnosis, therapy and prevention. Emphasis is being placed on the practical benefits so that the acquired knowledge can be tested in clinical practice and transferred to the healthcare system.

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