Spinal Cord Injuries Can Impair Heart Function

According to a recent clinical study, people who have suffered spinal cord injuries also suffer from an associated increased risk of chronic heart function problems.  The study examined individuals who have suffered an SCI and compared their heart function at various stages to those in other groups.  They found that early interventions, particularly those that involve activation of sympathetic circuitry below the level of spinal cord injury, can have an immediate impact on heart function.  These interventions can ultimately determine whether the victim has long-term heart issues that could, in some cases, lead to early death.

Spinal Cord Injuries and Damage to Other Body Systems

While the injuries from spinal cord damage are bad enough in themselves, the truth is that these types of trauma often result in long-term damage to other body systems, such as the circulatory and respiratory systems.  The development of chronic cardiac issues, for example, is quite common in victims of SCIs.

The study shows the efficacy of the early intervention in minimizing cardiac damage.  Patients who were treated aggressively with sympathetic circuitry interventions were less likely to develop long-term systolic damage or malfunction.  This means that victims who are given the opportunity to receive interventions beyond the conventional treatment for spinal cord injuries may be healthier and have better heart function for the rest of their lives.

The Fight With Insurers Over Spinal Cord Injuries

Unfortunately, holding those who cause spinal cord injury to others accountable can be complicated.  Many insurers are unwilling to invest funds in treatment for long-term damage, as these interventions tend to be expensive.  If insurance companies can get away with paying for a minimum of care, they are not likely to volunteer the funds to pay for extensive treatments, especially those that are still in their nascent stages.  This means that a spinal cord injury victim without funds may be denied these potentially life-saving interventions and may not be able to pay for the treatments he or she needs.

What Can I Do To Ensure I Am Protected?

As a victim of a spinal cord injury, you or your loved one must often fight an uphill battle to ensure you are protected and your medical bills are covered.  The first step is usually securing legal representation with an attorney who has experience in fighting for the rights of the victims of SCIs.  With the help of an attorney who understands the law regarding personal injury, particularly as it relates to spinal cord injuries, you are much more likely to recover the compensation you need to pay for your expenses.

At Barber & Associates, we have been helping the victims of spinal cord injuries and other types of personal injury for years.  Our attorneys have decades of experience working with Alaska personal injury cases.  Give us a call today to discuss your case and let us help you recover the money you deserve to pay for your medical bills, increased living expenses, pain and suffering, and other costs.

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