Shortage of stroke specialists looms

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Every 40 seconds, an American suffers a stroke. That's about 800,000 strokes occurring in the U.S. each year. Strokes are leading cause of disability in the nation and the No. 4 cause of death. However, a major shortage of stroke sub-specialists looms on the horizon, according to a report on a recent article in Stroke.  

Vascular neurologists, who specialize in stroke medicine, are increasingly rare. An average of just 38 new vascular neurologists entered the field each year between 2005 and 2012 in the U.S., according to the report.

Yet as the subspecialty dwindles, the number of strokes is expected to increase with the aging population. There is a "need to develop and vigorously support a broad range of initiatives to encourage residents to enter vascular neurology. These efforts need to be started immediately. Time is short," wrote authors of the Stroke article, Harold P. Adams, Jr., MD, and Jose Biller, MD.

Drs. Adams and Biller suggested the following initiatives to combat the shortage:


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