We know a lot about the impact of brain injuries on certain areas of a person’s life, including his mental health and cognitive functioning. A new study finds that a traumatic brain injury – like the kind that results after a motorcycle accident – could also significantly impact a person’s cardiac health, leaving him exposed to the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
According to researchers, there are a number of risk factors after a brain injury that may increase the person’s risk of suffering heart conditions after this type of personal injury. These factors include neuroinflammation, problems with the nervous system and other post -injury symptoms that could significantly impact cardiovascular functioning. This could place the person at risk of suffering conditions like heart attacks and strokes.
In fact, the researchers believe that cardiovascular and endocrine disruption may impact a person’s quality of life and affect his survival rates for decades after the injury. They also believe that there has not been enough research into the long – term cardiovascular effects after a brain injury, with the result that we are likely underestimating the impact of these effects on survival rates.
Cardiovascular changes after a brain injury, for instance, can result in high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol levels and other conditions that significantly increase the person’s risk of suffering a heart attack. Brain injuries can result in inflammation of neural pathways that can, in turn, cause hardening of the arteries. Other factors like weight gain can also exacerbate the risks of cardiovascular disease. Lack of sufficient sleep is another possible risk factor. The researchers say that it is important for doctors to work together with other specialists, including cardiac specialists, to monitor and manage these changes and reduce their impact on the person’s health.
A brain injury can also affect other areas of a person’s life, including his cognitive and mental functioning. There may be problems in concentration and memory, and cognitive function can be affected. A traumatic brain injury is also linked to personality changes, including anger outbursts. The person may suffer from depression, mood swings and other mental health conditions that impact his ability to live a joyful life. It is for all these reasons as well as many others, that it is important to include all damages in any brain injury claim after a motorcycle accident. While brain injuries can occur in any serious car accident, pedestrian accident, or truck accident, they are especially more likely to occur in motorcycle accidents.
The Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers at Katz Personal Injury Lawyers are dedicated to the representation of persons who have suffered injuries in motorcycle accidents in the metro Atlanta region and across the state of Georgia. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, talk to a lawyer at our firm and discuss your options for a claim for damages. You may qualify for compensation that includes medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering and other forms of damages. Talk to an attorney at our firm, and discuss your case. Initial consultations are free.