Research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2014 says that suffering an injury to the head or neck increases the risk of ischemic stroke by three-fold among trauma patients younger than 50.
"These findings are important because strokes after trauma might be preventable," said Christine Fox, M.D., M.A.S., lead author and assistant professor of neurology at the University of California San Francisco. Researchers studied the health records of 1.3 million patients younger than 50 years who had been treated in emergency trauma rooms.
AdvertisementAbout 11 of every 100,000 patients (145) suffered a stroke within four weeks. Since 2 million patients are seen in U.S. trauma rooms each month, this suggests 214 young people a month have an ischemic stroke after a trauma. Researchers also noted that:
- About 48 in 100,000 young adults and 11 of 100,000 children who had a head or neck injury had a stroke.
- Patients with stroke were an average 37 years old, while those who didn't have a stroke were an average 24.