TBI Ups the Risk of Ischemic Stroke in Survivors Under Age 50
In June 2013 Dr. James Burk published a study of 436,630 traumatic brain injury patients over five years which indicates a relationship between TBI and increased risk of stroke. The study found a greater association of stroke in people under the age of 50 who had suffered a traumatic brain injury. This indicates that the injury truly makes a difference in increasing the likelihood of a person suffering a stroke, as people under 50 are not often at risk. Only 20 percent of strokes occur in people under the age of 65. Of the two types of stroke (occlusive and hemorrhagic) the kind of stroke most prevalent in TBI survivors under age 50 were the occlusive or ischemic type in which a clot cuts off blood flow to the brain.