Stroke while driving: Frequency and association with automobile accidents

Joji Inamasu, Masashi Nakatsukasa, Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Keita Mayanagi, Masaaki Nishimoto, Takeo Oshima, Masami Yoshii, Satoru Miyatake, Akira Imai

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Abstract

Background: Cardiovascular events while driving have occasionally been reported. In contrast, there have been few studies on stroke while driving. Aim: The objectives of this study were to (1) report the frequency of stroke while driving and (2) evaluate its association with automobile accidents. Methods: Clinical data prospectively acquired between January 2011 and December 2016 on 2145 stroke patients (1301 with ischemic stroke, 585 with intracerebral hemorrhage, and 259 with subarachnoid hemorrhage) were reviewed to identify patients who sustained a stroke while driving. The ratio of driving to performing other activities was evaluated for each stroke type. Furthermore, the drivers’ response to stroke was reviewed to understand how automobile accidents occurred. Results: Among the 2145 patients, 85 (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%). A majority of drivers either continued driving or pulled over to the roadside after suffering a stroke. However, 14 (16%) patients were involved in automobile accidents. In most patients, an altered mental status due to severe stroke was the presumed cause of the accident. Conclusion: Stroke occurred while driving in 4.0% of all strokes and accidents occurred in 16% of these instances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-307
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Stroke
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Automobile accidents
  • driving
  • ischemic stroke
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology

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Inamasu, J., Nakatsukasa, M., Tomiyasu, K., Mayanagi, K., Nishimoto, M., Oshima, T., Yoshii, M., Miyatake, S., & Imai, A. (2018). Stroke while driving: Frequency and association with automobile accidents. International Journal of Stroke, 13(3), 301-307. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747493017728398