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Revista Colombiana de Cardiología

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SILVA, Federico A et al. Cerebrovascular disease in Colombia. Rev. Col. Cardiol. [online]. 2006, vol.13, n.2, pp.85-89. ISSN 0120-5633.

Introduction: cerebrovascular disease constitutes a worldwide public health problem. In Colombia, it is the fourth leading cause of death in the adult population and generates high disability in these patients. Objective: to describe some results obtained by the Neurovascular Sciences group from the Colombian Cardiovascular Foundation. Development and conclusions: cerebrovascular disease has a high prevalence in the Colombian population and generates mental, motor, and language disabilities. The implementation of neurovascular care units with trained personnel, defined protocols, adequate treatments and high technology, are necessary. This kind of units must be imposed in Colombia as a basic care for these patients in order to decrease morbidity, mortality and disability. The Colombian Cardiovascular Foundation is pioneer in the implementation of these care units.

Keywords : cerebrovascular ischemic disease; epidemiology; physiopathology; ictus unities.

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