According to the recent medical study by Hebrew University of Jerusalem, coronavirus patients are at high risk of having stroke. Some of the covid positive patients around the world are being reported to have experienced a stroke.
The researchers have found that in many cases, the patients did not present any typical symptoms of COVID-19, nor any pre-existing risk factor. As per the reports, 132 centers from 36 countries participated in the research and the findings were published in the medical journal Stroke.
The research is based on the data of 432 patients identified as virus carriers after being hospitalized for stroke or other serious brain events. The study recorded that 71 medical centers in 17 countries had at least one patient, whose clinical situation met the criteria for the study.
Ronen Leker, a professor at Hberew University of Jerusalem said, “Surprisingly, many patients that we identified as having both corona and a stroke did not present the typical clinical symptoms of coronavirus. 40% of them didn’t have any fever, shortness of breath or abdominal pain, diarrhea and so on. But since all patients who were admitted in the hospital were tested, we were able to identify them as virus carriers.”
Additionally, the data stated that one in four coronavirus patients who suffered from stroke were under the age of 55. They were “more likely to suffer from strokes related to large vessel occlusion – which tend to lead to poorer outcomes – as opposed to small vessel occlusion, while in the non-corona-affected population, the opposite is true.”
Prof. Cyrille Cohen of Bar Ilan University commented, “This demonstrates the potential of COVID-19 as a catalyst of stroke, including among the young population which is extremely worrying. COVID-19 is not a flu or a simple viral infection. At a time when we are trying to evaluate the benefit and risk balance in vaccination, these data make it clear that young people, who aren’t always considered ‘at risk’ of coronavirus, are vulnerable to strokes and other effects of the virus, immediate and longer term.”
Apparently, the doctors have been fearing for COVID to be a cause of stroke in patients, and this study has stamped the theory. Surprisingly, the research showed that 38% of the studied patients who had a stroke had no idea of being COVID positive, and they only came to know when hospitals ran routine covid tests.
Leker said, “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.”