Research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, confirms the link between urinary tract infections and ischemic stroke.
The study considers different types of infections in relation to three types of stroke: ischemic stroke, caused by blockage of blood vessels in the brain, intracerebral hemorrhage, caused by a broken blood vessel in the brain, and subarachnoid hemorrhage, caused by bleeding from the inner lining of the brain.
Using data taken from the databases of several New York State Department hospitals dating back to the period 2006 to 2013, the researchers searched for links between infections of the skin, urinary tract, abdominal infections, respiratory tract infections and septicemia to these types of strokes and have had interesting positive results.
First of all, ischemic stroke seems to be more strongly linked to urinary tract infection. For intracerebral hemorrhage, the strongest link was with urinary tract infections, septicemia and respiratory infections. For the subarachnoid hemorrhage, the connection could be seen only with the infection of the respiratory tract.
This study will help to better understand the relationships between the various types of infections and the different types of strokes, which in turn could help prevent them.