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Sunday, May 21, 2006

More on trumpet players and strokes!

Hearing about this link between trumpet playing and strokes I decided to do a little bit of detective work. Here's what I found out:

A little bit about strokes

It seems that there are 2 main types of stroke:-
  1. The first occurs when a blood clot moves into the brain - this accounts for 85% of cases.
  2. The second is when a blood vessel in the brain bursts - this is responsible for 15% of cases.

Apparently, young people are more prone to the second type because their blood vessels may not have developed fully yet. However, fully grown adults suffer both kinds.

Strokes and trumpet playing

All this stuff about trumpet players having strokes has all come about thanks to some research done at the University of Munster, in Germany. They identified five cases where people had suffered damage to blood vessels to the brain by playing the trumpet. This damage then led to the people having a stroke.

Dr. Evers - one of the researchers - highlighted a case of a 17-year-old who had suffered a number of "mini-strokes" whilst playing the trumpet. However, he then went on to say that in most of the cases studied the patients had had a predisposition to having a stroke.

I hope that's cleared up some of this stroke talk. See this article for the full report.

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