Researchers at the University of Manchester have now discovered a key to why and how infection is such a bad thing for stroke sufferers. The researchers show that rodents with pneumonia did worse after having a stroke than those without the bacterial infection.
The study showed how infection worsens the damage caused by a stroke, but also demonstrated how. Researchers identified blood cells called platelets, which normally help to stop bleeding, and a molecule that normally helps people to fight infection as the key culprits in making the effects of a stroke even more devastating.
“The results of this new study strongly suggest that patients with stroke, especially if they have preceding infections, could benefit substantially from anti-inflammatory therapies,” co-study author and Professor, Stuart Allan, was quoted as saying.