Stroke survivors suffering from epilepsy

Nearly 11 percent of stroke survivors will suffer from epilepsy, according to recent reports. The greater the brain damage the higher the risk of epilepsy. The researchers analyzed 450 stroke survivors in the U.K. and uncovered that 11 percent of them suffered from epilepsy after experiencing a brain attack.

The risk of epilepsy after stroke was seen higher among younger stroke survivors. That is because brain damage tends to be far more extensive in younger patients, compared to older ones.

Study author Dr. Beate Diehl explained, “Many physicians treating stroke patients don’t realize that falls, episodes of confusion, and loss of consciousness may be signs of post-stroke epilepsy. Post-stroke epileptic seizures can negatively affect stroke recovery and rehabilitation.”


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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