WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The coronavirus is causing severe strokes in younger adults who are otherwise asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, doctors report.
- A New York neurosurgeon records increased stroke cases where patients seemed to have suffered increased clotting in large arteries.
- The report comes after the city discouraged calls to emergency services, depending on the severity of the situation, to lessen the workload of the EMS.
Coronavirus may lead to sudden strokes in adults in their 30s and 40s who are otherwise asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, doctors who have studies the virus warns.
Dr. Thomas Oxley, a neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai Health System, New York, believes that there is growing evidence that the virus causes increased clotting in large arteries, resulting in severe stroke in patients.
“The virus seems to be causing increased clotting in the large arteries, leading to severe stroke,” neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Oxley said.
Dr. Oxley and his colleagues record five stroke cases involving people under the age of 50 in the two-week period since the coronavirus pandemic hit New York. Stroke statistics in the hospital only normally records two stroke cases per month in people of the same age bracket, suggesting an increased number of cases in the city. These findings are scheduled for publication in the New England Journal of Medicine.
“Our report shows a seven-fold increase in the incidence of a sudden stroke in young patients during the past two weeks. Most of these patients have no past medical history and were at home with either mild symptoms (or in two cases, no symptoms) of COVID,” the doctor said. “All tested positive. Two of them delayed calling an ambulance.”
This comes after the city discouraged calls to emergency services, depending on the severity of the situation. New York Public Officials announced this in an attempt to help the already inundated EMS, but the report on increased stroke cases in the city may become a problem.
There is another potential problem: city residents refusing hospital care at this time, fearing increased likelihood of contracting the virus.
Dr. Oxley and his colleagues advise the public, especially those who suspect they may have contracted coronavirus, to keep an eye out for the coronavirus-related symptoms and signs of stroke as well. The doctor says that to remember warning signs for stroke, refer to the FAST mnemonics. FAST stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services.
Source: New York Post