A healthy life is cut short by about two years for patients who have gone through complications after a stroke, reports a new research study.
In a study of more than 1,200 patients suffering from ischemic stroke, the researchers gauged the impact of stroke and its complications using disability-adjusted life years (DALY) measures of age, gender and disability level.
The study revealed that patients suffering any of a range of complications lost an average of 5.21 DALY, a difference of 2.1 healthy life years.
"This study delineates the burden of post-stroke complications with a more comparable and more understandable scale - healthy life years lost," said Keun-Sik Hong, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and associate professor at Inje University in South Korea.
The study appeared in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.