Each year, around 2.7 million people suffer a stroke in the EU alone. Of these, 650 thousand people die because of the stroke, 66% are left permanently disabled. Worldwide the number of strokes exceeds more than 15 million. Often people don’t know they are at risk of a stroke until it has happened. Theoretically, a large variety of prophylactic measures and treatments against high risk factors of stroke already exist. However, to benefit from those treatments, potential stroke victims would first have to be aware of their risk for suffering a stroke. While specialized clinicians and hospitals can do this risk assessment, the available capacities do not allow for a regular risk assessment for everyone.
We are creating a small and comfortable-to-wear device to determine the wearer’s risk for a stroke. This is done by combining well-established examination methods and today’s advances in microtechnology. The goal is to provide private persons and general practitioners with a reliable and easy to use way to assess their risk of a stroke, thus enabling the wearer to seek medical assistance in advance.
We are a team of students from the University of Stuttgart, the University of Tübingen and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Our diverse background in biology, medical engineering, physics and industrial engineering allow us an open and broad view on this medical challenge, as well as on the economic side. We are supported by various clinicians at the University Hospital Tübingen and the medical innovations incubator.
In average, the life-long medical costs for treatments after a stroke are about 45000 € per patient. In Germany alone, the number of strokes each year is around 250 thousand, which sums up to medical costs around 10,5 billion Euro each year. 85% of stroke patients are older than 60 years. Therefore we want to target this part of the population, with Germany having more than 22 million people aged 60 years and above, first. Our approach would especially focus on high risk patients suffering additional risk factors, such as diabetes and obesity and include the collaboration with the patient’s general practitioner.
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