The number of deaths resulting from aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH) is commonly considered negligible in comparison with other causes of death. In fact, it has been estimated that subarachnoid haemorrhage accounts for only 4% of stroke deaths.1 However, addressing the aSAH death toll is challenging since many aSAH deaths happen outside of hospitals and are commonly classified as cardiac deaths when autopsies are not done.2 3
Middle-aged people are affected most frequently by aSAH. Since cancer-, traffic-, alcohol- and cardiovascular-related deaths are decreasing in middle-aged people in high-income countries,4 we hypothesise that the proportion of aSAH deaths may be increasing in this age group. Therefore, we aimed to determine the proportion of aSAH deaths relative to other causes of death in middle-aged people.
Statistics Finland and the National Institute of Health and Welfare approved the data extractions and analysis from…