What is the Death Number of those with a Spinal Cord Injury?

May 30th, 2014 | by RON BELL

It may be surprising to learn the number one cause of death for those living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) is cardiovascular disease.  Those with a SCI develop the cardiovascular disease at a younger age compared to those without a SCI.  The disease includes “autonomic dysreflexia” which is the sudden increase in blood pressure of those with cervical and upper thoracic injuries.  If left untreated it may lead to bleeding in the brain, permanent brain damage and even death.  The unstable blood pressure not only affects the majority of spinal cord injury patients, but specifically is a worry for athletes with SCI too.

Dr. Andrei Krassioukov, who was the lead researcher in a spinal cord injury study done in 2010 for the Vancouver Paralympic Games stated neurosurgeons have encountered two major problems.  One is dealing with those medical professionals and patients who don’t think this is a true risk and require more information.  The other is SCI athletes who are aware of autonomic blood pressure spikes, but will attempt to use it as a competitive advantage, which is extremely risky and deadly.

Having a spinal cord injury is a very serious medical condition.  Those who are injured whether on the job, playing a sport, or in a motor vehicle accident, know that this is a life altering medical condition.  Anyone with a SCI is advised to contact an injury lawyer who represents victims with spinal injuries.  Injury attorneys have compassion for these clients and the experience to know how to properly represent you during any upcoming injury lawsuit.  Financial compensation for past medical bills is essential; however, with a SCI future medical costs are also a major concern.  Only a law firm in New Mexico with personal injury and spinal cord injury experience can ensure your rights are protected and proper damages are sought out.

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