Ever since the coronavirus became a widespread global pandemic, medical researchers have sought to understand how the virus impacts other medical ailments, especially neurological ones.
In a recent study published in Stroke, researchers found a definite increase in stroke among younger adults as compared to a similar age group prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
The study is from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. One author is Professor Ronen Leker.
In the research, the team analyzed data from patients who tested positive for the coronavirus after they had been hospitalized for a stroke and other serious brain events.
They focused on whether there were differences in the MRIs of patients after contracting COVID-19 and after the onset of their stroke.
Of the 136 different medical centers in 32 countries, at least 71 reported a patient who had a stroke during their hospitalization for coronavirus or shortly thereafter.
Of the 432 patients, 323 (74.8%) had an acute ischemic stroke, 91 (21.1%) intracranial hemorrhage, and 18 (4.2%) cerebral venous or sinus thrombosis.
Most troubling was the high occurrence of ischemic strokes in younger patients with no known existence of the types of ‘classical’ risk factors that contribute to the onset of stroke.
Of the 380 patients who were known to have experienced strokes alongside COVID-19, close to 38% (144 patients) had no recognizable symptoms from the virus, such as cough, fever; the diagnosis came only after they were admitted to the hospital for stroke.
The team says this study further strengthened the understanding of the connection between the coronavirus and strokes in younger patients, as a result of blockages in larger blood vessels.
Going forward, they recommend performing COVID testing on all younger patients with strokes, particularly those with no known pre-existing conditions.
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