COVID-19 News: BREAKING! Millions Are Suffering From ‘Silent Strokes’ As A Result Of SARS-CoV-2 And Are Not Even Aware Of It!
: New emerging reports from various physicians around the world are reporting that the incidence of ‘silent strokes’ is greatly rising and the worse is that many who have been affected are not even aware of it or about the damage that these ‘silent strokes’ causes to their brains and other parts of their bodies.
The growing incidence to such silent strokes is attributed to exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is already known to cause various coagulopathies,
thrombotic events and also neurological issues.
Already past studies and COVID-19 News
coverages have shown that SARS-CoV-2 infections can lead to acute ischemic strokes irrespective of whether a person was asymptomatic or had symptomatic infections.
A recent study has alarmingly shown that SARS-CoV-2 exposure also increases the risk of stroke in children!
However, to date all these incidences of strokes were major events involving acute ischemic strokes or hemorrhagic strokes.
However, what physicians are now seeing are high caseloads of post-COVID patients who had suffered silent strokes.
Physicians and healthcare professionals are calling urgent studies to validate these observations and also for studies concerning the proper development of treatment protocols and also prevention strategies for SARS-CoV-2 induced ‘Silent strokes.’
A silent stroke refers to a stroke that doesn't cause any noticeable symptoms. Most strokes are caused by a clot that blocks a blood vessel in the brain. The blockage prevents blood and oxygen from reaching that area, causing nearby brain cells to die.
Depending on the location of the clot, this can cause symptoms such as weakness in an arm or leg (which could cause a fall) or trouble speaking or seeing. But sometimes, the area of damage is quite small and occurs in a part of the brain that doesn't control any vital functions, so the stroke remains undetected.
However, damage is still caused to the brain which in the long term can worsen and these damages can only be detected by a MRI or CT scan.
Some signs of silent strokes seen in Post COVID individuals can involve the following:
-Sudden lack of balance.
-Temporary loss of basic muscle movement (bladder included)
-Slight memory loss.
-Sudden changes in mood or personality.
-Issues with cognitive skills and ability.
-Vision blurriness especially only in one eye
-Pain in only one side of legs or arms
Interestingly, one of the most common reported conditions that most people who underwent CT scans and later discovered that they had indeed suffered a Post COVID silent stroke were constant pains and weakness in only one arm, slight eye issues in only one eye and irregular headaches on one side of the head. Most also found that they had develop these issues after waking up form a night’s sleep or afternoon nap indicating that they most probably suffered a silent stroke while asleep!
It should also be noted that silent strokes are not mild transient ischemic attacks (TIA).
Another interesting discovery that needs further validation is that many Post COVID individuals who tend to suffer from silent strokes tend to initially also show signs of atrial fibrillation and also isolated diastolic hypertension. (A subject that Thailand Medical News covered two days ago.)
It should be noted that untreated silent strokes can lead to repeated strokes that can have a cumulative negative effect on one's brain health and cognitive function. In severe cases, vascular dementia may result from untreated cerebrovascular events and in in a significant number of cases, fatal outcomes can result.
With presumably millions of post-COVID individuals already having had silent strokes and are not even aware of what has occurred, we have a potential health crisis ahead and there should be more educational campaigns for people to do more health screenings if they have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and get proper treatments.
Silent strokes increase the risk for future symptomatic strokes and also increases the risk for mortality.
While the research community so far have only focused on symptomatic strokes and COVID-19, nothing has been focused on silent strokes and SARS-CoV-2 infections although this is an area that warrants urgent research.
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