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Researchers at the University of California San Francisco have uncovered a link between traumatic injuries to the head and neck and an increased risk of stroke in young adults between the ages of 18 and 49.

The study, which was examined in MedPage Today, found that the risk of stroke in ER patients between the ages of 20 and 49 who suffered head or neck trauma rose to 2.8 in the month following the injury. That figure puts the stroke incidence rate for head trauma patients between the ages of 18 and 49 at 48 per 100,000, versus the 10 per 100,000 rate for young adults in the general population. The majority of strokes occurred within a week of the initial injury.

UCSF researchers suggest that doctors warn patients of their increased risk for stroke, fully explain the warning signs of a stroke and encourage them to call 911 if any symptoms occur.

Call Hodes Milman Liebeck today at 866-730-1976 or online at hmlm.com to learn more about your legal options if you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic head injury.