A new study has shown that the first sign of COVID-19 could be a stroke. The study confirmed that the first sign of the virus infection does not necessarily come from a cough or breathing difficulties. A stroke could be the first sign, and that has proven to be deadlier. As COVID-19 studies are being done, scientists are uncovering the effects of the virus in the body. A more startling effect that has been found in the connection between stroke and COVID-19.
The American Academy of Neurology published a journal on Tuesday on the connection between COVID-19 and stroke. The study looked at 160 stroke patients with COVID-19. According to the journal, 29 of them were under the age of 50. The study also uncovered that 45 percent of the young patients had no previous signs of COVID-19. Stroke was their first symptom. One of the researchers found that healthy people could get infected with COVID-19 and get strokes to be quite surprising.
The study will help doctors and patients in this pandemic season to consider stroke, not just stroke anymore. According to Dr. Luciano Sposato from Western University, stroke patients could be at a higher risk of COVID-19. He added that they should be tested for COVID-19, even in the absence of symptoms. Sposato also added that stroke patients infected with COVID-19 are at a greater risk of death than regular stoke patients. The researchers found the same scenario to be true.
About 45 percent of stroke patients in the ICU with COVID-19 didn’t survive according to the study.
The death rate is higher compared with stroke patients with no COVID-19. Only 15 to 30 percent of patients in ICU succumb to stroke. Other factors, such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, were found to increase the mortality rate of COVID-19 patients. Stroke patients were found to have the highest mortality among the groups. When stroke was linked to similar respiratory diseases, the study found that the connection was much stronger with COVID-19. Compared to influenza, it was found that COVID-19 patients had ten times the chances of suffering a stroke.
Scientists have concluded that the usual strokes are different from those linked to COVID-19. They believe that when the virus enters the cells that cover the blood vessels, it causes inflammation. The inflammation causes blood clots in the lungs, heart, and legs. Dr. Luciana Catanese, a leading physician, said that surviving a stroke can cause permanent body impairment. Luciana added that stroke is a health priority in North America as the younger population are becoming victims.
Dr. Aleksandra Pikula of Toronto Western Hospital advised patients to take the warning sign of stroke, such as sudden numbness, confusion, vision loss, trouble walking seriously. The patient should call 911 and get medical help, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.