J Clin Neurol.  2016 Apr;12(2):129-136. 10.3988/jcn.2016.12.2.129.

Considerations When Subtyping Ischemic Stroke in Asian Patients

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. ohyoung.bang@samsung.com

Abstract

Both the incidence and prevalence of stroke in Asia are steadily increasing, and the burden of stroke is particularly high in Asian countries. Although strokes in Asians and Caucasians share many common features, there are some differences that are probably due to differences in lifestyle and genetic background. While there have been advances in the stroke classification system, the assignment of Asian stroke patients to etiological categories has received little attention. The current classification system may not be well suited to Asian patients with ischemic stroke because the proportions and relative importance of stroke subtypes may differ with race and ethnicity. This review addresses concerns about the use of the current stroke classification system in Asian patients with ischemic stroke, and proposes a classification system that is more specific to the Asian population, in conjunction with discussing advances in diagnostic techniques.

Keyword

stroke; ischemic stroke; subtype; Asian; classification

MeSH Terms

Asia
Asian Continental Ancestry Group*
Classification
Continental Population Groups
Humans
Incidence
Life Style
Prevalence
Stroke*
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