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New Research Finds Brain Injuries May Increase Risk Of Stroke

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People who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be more likely to experience a stroke in the future, according to research conducted by a team from the University of Michigan Health System. In the study, published online in the journal Neurology on June 26, researchers found that the risk of ischemic stroke – in which blood flow to the brain is reduced or blocked – increases significantly in the years following a traumatic brain injury. If you have suffered a head injury or brain injury caused by a car accidentwork-related accident or another type of Texas accident, consult our reputable brain injury attorneys at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options. Our legal team has years of experience protecting the rights of injury victims, and will work diligently to help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.


During the brain injury study, researchers examined the records of adults who visited an emergency room or were admitted to a hospital for TBI or other trauma with no brain injury in the state of California during a period of five years (2005-2009). A total of 435,630 people with traumatic brain injuries were analyzed in the study, in addition to 736,723 people with trauma but no brain injury. According to the study findings, 1.1% of patients with TBI experienced a stroke, compared to 0.9% of those with trauma but no brain injury. “While the stroke risk of one person with TBI is small, the overall link between TBI and stroke was substantial – as large as the link between the strongest stroke risk factor, high blood pressure and stroke,” noted study author James D. Burke, M.D., M.S., a clinical lecturer in the UM Medical School’s Department of Neurology and researcher at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.


In order to reach a reliable outcome in their study, the researchers adjusted for factors that can impact a person’s stroke risk, including high blood pressure, age and high cholesterol, as well as the presence of other medical conditions like heart disease. In doing so, the study authors were able to determine that people with traumatic brain injuries were more likely to suffer a stroke than those with trauma but no brain injury. “If further research establishes TBI as a new risk factor for stroke, that would stimulate research to help us understand what causes stroke after TBI and help us learn how to prevent these strokes.” If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury in Texas, your first course of action should be to contact our knowledgeable lawyers at Bandas Law Firm to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills, which our attorneys can help you pursue.