Stroke While Driving: Frequency and Association with Automobile Accidents

This article reports on a study of the frequency of stroke while driving, with a focus on the association between stroke and automobile crashes. The authors reviewed data from 2011-2016 that included patients with ischemic stroke (n = 1,301), intracerebral hemorrhage (n = 585), and subarachnoid hemorrhage (n = 259). For each stroke type, the authors computed the ratio of driving to performing other activities. In addition, the authors reviewed the drivers’ response to stroke, to elicit the causes of the automobile crashes. Among the total 2,145 patients, 85 of them (63 ischemic stroke, 20 intracerebral hemorrhage, and 2 subarachnoid hemorrhage) sustained a stroke while driving. The ratio of driving to performing other activities was significantly higher in ischemic stroke (4.8%) than in intracerebral hemorrhage (3.4%) or subarachnoid hemorrhage (0.8%). The study found that drivers either continued driving or pulled over to the roadside after suffering a stroke. However, 14 of the 85 patients (16%) were involved in automobile crashes. The authors discuss the role of an altered mental status due to severe stroke as a cause of automobile crashes.


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  • Accession Number: 01723063
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 2019 12:19PM