Stroke incidence in Qatar ‘extremely worrying’

By Joey Aguilar/Staff Reporter Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is focusing on treating stroke, epilepsy and brain tumour due to the growing number of cases in Qatar, neurosurgery chairman Dr Ghanim al-Sulaiti has said.“Stroke is the second leading cause of death globally and its incidence in Qatar is extremely worrying,” he noted, stressing that stroke patients in Qatar are almost 20 years younger than in the US or the UK.Dr al-Sulaiti was speaking on the sidelines of the first annual Qatar Neuroscience Conference, which opened on Thursday in Doha.While between 3% and 4% of Qatar’s population have epilepsy, Dr al-Sulaiti said the country also has highest incidence of brain cancer in the GCC region. Hamad Hospital now handles about 1,100 to 1,200 stroke cases and many epilepsy cases annually.Out of 15,000…


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