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Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of stroke was in each (a) strategic health authority area, (b) primary care trust area, (c) Westminster constituency, (d) English region and (e) socio-demographic group in each year since 2002. (185822)

Hospital episode statistics (HES) from 2005-06 suggest there were around 100,000 emergency admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis of stroke. However, this figure under-represents the true incidence of stroke for two reasons. Firstly, HES data only includes those who were admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of stroke but not all stroke patients currently attend hospital. Secondly, the count of admissions does not represent the total number of patients as a person may be admitted more than once in the year. HES data cannot answer the question in the form requested. Academic estimates suggest there are around 110,000 strokes in England per annum.

Such information as is available has been placed in the Library.