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Lack of rehabilitation leaves most stroke survivors disabled

A LACK of after-surgery rehabilitation has resulted in a high percentage of disability among the 10.36 million stroke survivors over 40 years old in the nation, experts said.

Compared with the 80 percent rehabilitation rate of stroke survivors in Western countries, over 70 percent of Chinese patients who survived stroke were left with disorders like paralysis and serious language deficiencies. About 40 percent of them have very serious disabilities.

Early detection and treatment while a stroke is taking place, effective therapy and rehabilitation afterwards are all keys for patients' survival and recovery.

Stroke patients who receive early and effective rehabilitation training have a three times higher recovery rate than those who don't receive rehabilitation, said Wang Yanni from Pinetree China, a private company that calls itself the nation's first professional facility offering at-home care and service for after-surgery patients or those needing rehabilitation after surviving diseases.

Teamed up with domestic elderly care organizations, Pinetree announced it will offer free rehabilitation for 20,000 after-stroke patients living in Beijing and Shanghai in the following year.

Patients, including expatriates living in the two cities, can apply for the service through hotline 4000613161 or 010 84683161 or visit Pinetree's Weibo site.


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