Eric Cohen, the About.com Guide to Pro Wrestling, has written an article that takes a new look at a potential reason why wrestlers are dying so young. Eric writes that Dr. Andrew L. Carney — a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and founding member and former President of Society of Neurovascular Surgery — “suspects that the problem wrestlers might be facing is the dissection of the carotid and vertebral arteries in the neck. A dissection happens when a tear occurs in the inner lining of an artery. Because of this, blood enters the space between the inner and outer lining of the artery which then results in the partial or complete blockage of the artery.”
For the article and medical photos that illustrate the issue, click here.