COVID-19 News: WARNING! International Study Reveals That Young Individuals Can Get Strokes As Result Of Contracting SARS-CoV-2 Even If Asymptomatic!
: Disturbing results have emerged from a new large scale international study conducted involving 89 researchers from 136 tertiary centers in 32 countries showing that younger patients below the age of 55 years of age, once infected with the COVID-19 disease tend to develop strokes, some of which were fatal.
The study results were published in the peer reviewed journal: Stroke. (A journal of the American Heart Association)
Ever since the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus became a wide-spread global pandemic, medical researchers have sought to understand how the virus impacts other medical ailments, especially neurological ones.
Alarmingly in early 2020, New York's Mount Sinai Hospital reported that five younger patients stricken with COVID-19 experienced strokes after their diagnosis. This worrying report led researchers to fear that the virus could lead to an increase of stroke risk even in patients with no history of vascular disease, like high blood pressure, diabetes or smoking. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2009787
Numerous other studies also showed the same, but doctors and health authorities are refusing to acknowledge this occurrence and it is believed that in the last 16 months, there has been a lot of excess deaths of young individuals around the world that has been attributed to strokes but deliberately not being connected to SARS-CoV-2.
This new study confirms that COVID-19 causes a higher incidence of strokes in infected patients; irrespective of the severity of the infection or even if the infected individuals were asymptomatic.
To date this is the latest most comprehensive study of this correlation and the researchers found a definite increase in stroke incidence among younger patients as compared to a similar age-group prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Ronen Leker, a Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem led the study.
The researchers analyzed data from patients who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus after they had been hospitalized for stroke and other serious brain events.
The study team analyzed whether there were differences in the MRIs of patient after contracting COVID-19 and after the onset of their stroke. The researchers also examined whether there were geographic factors that impacted the severity of the stroke.
Interestingly of the 136 different medical centers in 32 countries, at least 71 reported a patient who had a stroke during their hospitalization for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus or shortly thereafter.
Alarmingly of the 432 patients, 323 (74.8%) had acute ischemic stroke, 91 (21.1%) intracranial hemorrhage, and 18 (4.2%) cerebral venous or sinus thrombosis.
Most disturbing 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.
Also it was noted that of the 380 patients who were known to have experienced strokes alongside COVID-19, close to 38 percent (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.
Dr Leker told Thailand Medical News, "This study further strengthened our understanding of the connection between the coronavirus and strokes in younger patients, as a result of blockages in larger blood vessels. Going forward, we recommend performing COVID testing on all younger patients with strokes, particularly those with no known pre-existing conditions. I am hopeful and confident that this study will be instrumental in providing a better understanding of the link between COVID-19 and stroke, and provide direct therapeutic benefits to patients."
More medical experts are also warning that those that were asymptomatic when contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus should never let their guard down and should go for routine check-ups and also find ways to maintain their optimal health.
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