Doctors warn COVID-19 may cause stroke in young adults

New York doctors warn that coronavirus can cause sudden strokes in adults in their 30s and 40s who are not seriously ill.

Doctors at the Mount Sinai Health System believe that there is growing evidence that COVID-19 can cause blood clotting in an unusual way, causing a slight increase in stroke in patients who generally do not have it, CNN reported.

“The virus appears to cause increased clotting in the large arteries, resulting in a severe stroke,” neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Oxley told CNN.

Oxley and colleagues said they typically had fewer than two strokes per month in people under the age of 50, but in two weeks during the pandemic, they treated five. Their results are to be published in a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine.

An ambulance from Mount Sinai passes by Kings Highway in Brooklyn.
An ambulance from Mount Sinai passes by Kings Highway in Brooklyn.Paul Martinka

“Our report shows a sevenfold increase in the incidence of sudden strokes in young patients in the past two weeks. Most of these patients have no medical history and were at home with either mild symptoms (or in two cases, no symptoms) of Covid, “said Oxley.

“All of them have tested positive. Two of them were late in calling an ambulance, ”he continued.

The report could be particularly disturbing in New York, where officials have advised against calling 911 unless they have severe symptoms, such as breathing difficulties, so as not to overwhelm EMS already flooded.

Some, for their part, have hesitated to go to a hospital for fear of being able to catch the virus there.

Oxley said his team urged people to watch themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus and call 911 if they think they have had a stroke.

He referred to the mnemonic device to remember the warning signs of stroke, QUICK: F for sagging face; Has weakness of the arm; S for speech difficulties and T for the time to call 911.

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