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Study links traumatic brain injury with increased risk of stroke

Traumatic brain injury has been found to increase the risk of stroke in younger adults, according to a new study. Researchers studying the effects of traumatic brain injury reviewed the medical records of adults who were either seen in the emergency room of a hospital or admitted to a hospital during a five-year period.

The average age of patients included in the study was about 50. Researchers found that 1.1 percent of those who had sustained a traumatic brain injury subsequently suffered a stroke within 28 months of the original injury.

These findings are significant because the risk of stroke for this age group is very small. When adjusting for other stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure and heart disease, it was found that those with a traumatic brain injury were 30 percent more likely to suffer a stroke.

People who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, or other types of accidents that cause head injuries could find that their risk for stroke is increased. Although they may seem to recover from the original injury, a subsequent stroke can have serious and detrimental effects on their health. They may need specialized long-term care and rehabilitation due to an impaired ability to perform their usual activities of daily living.

If you have sustained a head injury and possible traumatic brain injury due to any type of accident, you may be at an increased risk of stroke and disability.

If you have suffered a stroke following a traumatic brain injury that resulted from an accident for which someone else is liable, you may want to consult with an attorney about your legal options for receiving proper compensation for your disability and medical expenses.

Source: Neurology, “Traumatic brain injury may be an independent risk factor for stroke,” June 26, 2013

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