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Do brain injuries cause strokes?

Head injuries can cause a number of symptoms and conditions, such as headaches, memory loss and even reduced speaking abilities and disability. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, a person may even require long-term care.

In many ways, the effects of traumatic brain injuries still remain a mystery. Studies are often taking place here in California and throughout the country to help uncover how to best diagnose and treat such injuries, and a recent brain injury study has unveiled some very interesting findings.

The University of Michigan Health System was recently able to link traumatic brain injuries to an increased risk of stroke. The research, which has been published in the online journal Neurology, reports that those who sustain a TBI may be more likely to suffer a stroke.

Strokes, like brain injuries, are a common cause of disability, and they are also not completely understood.

The researchers found that those who suffer a brain injury are more likely to have a stroke than those who do not have a brain injury. The study included 435,630 people who suffered a trauma, brain or otherwise. Within roughly 28 months after their injuries, about 1.1 percent of those who had TBI experienced an ischemic stroke. Of those who experienced other types of trauma, 0.9 percent had a stroke.

While the increased stroke risk for those with TBI may be small, this link is still very important. Following further research, this breakthrough may help us to better understand the effects of brain injuries.

Due to the extent of potential complications related to brain injuries and the costs associated with the related medical care, those who sustain a brain injury in California might want to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after the injury to learn whether it is possible to attain compensation for these expenses. In many cases, it is possible to file an injury claim to receive the compensation that you deserve.


Source: University of Michigan Health System, "Have a brain injury? You may be at higher risk for stroke, U-M study suggests," June 28, 2013

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