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.”