Study shows increased risk of stroke for sufferers of traumatic brain injuries

Brain injuries are nothing to take lightly. Mild or serious, TBIs as they are known, can have detrimental effects on sufferers.

A new study even shows that problems can occur late in life, long after the TBI occurred.

Results of the study

According to data conducted by the University of Michigan Health System, individuals who suffer from a TBI have an increased risk of having a stroke later in their lifetimes.

Researchers, including a professor from the University of Michigan’s Medical School Department of Neurology, looked at the medical records of over a million patients in the state of California during a 5 year period. The patients were individuals who received care at emergency rooms or were inpatients at hospitals. The list was divided up between patients who received care for brain related injuries and patients who received care for other reasons.

After looking into factors such as the severity of the injury, the patient’s age and history of high blood pressure or cholesterol, the analysis concluded that TBI patients had a higher likelihood of sustaining an ischemic stroke, one that occurs from lack of blood flow to the brain, than those who received care for other reasons.

According to James F. Burke, M.D., M.S. and professor at the U-M Medical School’s Department of Neurology, the findings are a huge step in understanding strokes and preventing them.

“A large proportion of stroke risk is unexplained, especially in the young, so if we can identify new risk factors, we have the potential to prevent more strokes and improve outcomes,” he says.

Since many TBI sufferers already have huge obstacles to overcome, decreasing the risk of additional problems is key to helping them get on with their lives.

The details of the study can be found in Neurology, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Seeking legal recourse for a brain injury

Unfortunately, many individuals sustain traumatic brain injuries due to the fault of another driver. Amid the prevalence of distracted driving, the increase in auto accidents today is higher than ever.

If you or a loved one suffered a head or brain injury in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled compensation for your medical expenses, including rehabilitations services, as well as lost wages and even pain and suffering.

Speaking with an experienced accident lawyer who can talk with you about your options is advised.