On 12 April 2019, Prof. Michael Brainin opened the 19th Congress on Cerebrovascular Diseases in Nanjing, China. The high risk of stroke in China was the main topic on the agenda of the congress. Aim of the cooperation with the World Stroke Organisation is to reduce that risk.
China has the highest risk of stroke in the world, the ratio of suffering a stroke increased to 1:3, as Congress President Prof. Ming Liu pointed out. The Western European countries have in comparison a lower risk of 1:5 to 6. Every year 1.2 million stroke deaths are reported in China, where particularly rural areas are concerned especially due to the rising frequencies of strokes.
At the opening, Prof. Michael Brainin, Head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Preventive Medicine at Danube University Krems, and the Vice Minister of Health, Longde Wang, discussed three different preventive measures to reduce the risk of stroke. Such as the effect of polypills, tablets that treat several risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and antiplatelet therapy, were mentioned. In addition, health interventions by non-medical health workers and the importance of e-health interventions through smartphones were discussed. All three prevention methods are capable of significantly reducing the incidence of strokes.
World Stroke Organization
The cooperation with the World Stroke Organization (WSO), whose president Michael Brainin is, was considered particularly important in regards of the WSO being part of the WHO hence vested the right to be heard at the United Nations. The World Stroke Organization is the world's leading scientific medical organization to combat stroke and its consequences.