Stroke is the third most common cause of death in Japan. Approximately 0.13 million people die of stroke each year, and in 60% of them it is attributable to cerebral infarction.1 The accurate incidence of cerebral infarction is unknown, but it is roughly estimated to be around 100-200 per 0.1 million population and 600 per 0.1 million population for people aged 40 years or older. In Japan where the super-aging of society is rapidly progressing, the incidence, the patient number and the mortality rates of cerebral infarction, and the people requiring care are anticipated to grow exponentially in the future.
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