Monday, 1 August 2011

Study Finds Higher Stroke Risk after Brain Injury

Every year, an approximate 1.7 million people in the United States suffer a brain injury, most of these caused by falls and auto accidents. A new study indicates that people who have suffered a brain injury may be at a higher risk of suffering a stroke.

The association between traumatic brain injury and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has not been unknown to San Fernando Valley car accident lawyers. However, research that has just been published in the Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association which indicates that patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury also have a much higher risk of stroke within three months after the injury. The stroke risk increases ten times during this period.

The researchers found that after a period of one year, the stroke risk drops to 4.6 times that of patients with no traumatic brain injury. After five years, the stroke risk drops to 2.3 times that of patients without a brain injury.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, 1.7 million brain injuries are reported in the United States. Out of these, the majority, or slightly more than 35%, occur in fall accidents. Motor vehicle and car accidents are the second biggest factor in traumatic brain injury, accounting for 17.3 % of injuries every year. Other causes of brain injury include sports accidents, and assaults.

Even a moderate brain injury can leave a person with significantly reduced cognitive and mental capabilities, and memory impairment. There may be dramatic behavioral changes like extreme mood swings, agitation, clinical depression and frustration. Long-term side effects may include problems with communication and speaking. Research into brain injury treatment has stagnated over the past decade, with little hope of a cure for sight for persons who have suffered severe brain injury.

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