Brain Injuries, Like Former President Jimmy Carter’s, Are Increasing

Jimmy Carter

(KMOX) — Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain from bleeding linked to recent falls. The injury is called a subdural hematoma.

“Subdural hematomas are usually caused by any form of traumatic injury to the brain — falling can be a common cause,” said Dr. Jeroen Coppens, a SLU Care neurosurgeon at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

“It can also be linked to the fact that more and more of the population is on blood thinners today and so the risk goes up as you age with a combination of blood thinners and some form of mechanical hit to the head.”

Mr. Carter’s bleeding was related to two recent falls he had in his home. CONTINUE