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Apparently, young adults may suffer sudden strokes due to COVID-19

Apparently, young adults may suffer sudden strokes due to COVID-19

A new study discovered by doctors in the U.S. showed that the novel coronavirus, popularly termed as the COVID-19, may cause sudden strokes among diagnosed young adults, aging from 30 to 40 years old.

Young adults may experience stroke

According to the findings of Dr. Thomas Oxley, a neurosurgeon, and his colleagues at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, positive patients who are young adults may experience the virus in an unusual way as it can cause the blood to clot therefore ruling in a possible stroke consequence.

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The growing evidence were based from increased clotting in the large arteries of the patients.

“Our report shows a seven-fold increase in incidence of 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,” he stated.

Experts’ clarification

However, experts also said that it is uncommon for people so young to experience strokes, especially in the large vessels in the brain.

Quick treatment is crucial, added Oxley as brain cells die when the blood flow stops, and the longer it’s blocked, the bigger the damage can implicate to the brain.

Lukus Estok, 36, was hospitalized for several hours. His chest x-ray revealed fluid in his lungs and upper respiratory infection — both signs of coronavirus.

“The most effective treatment for large vessel stroke is clot retrieval, but this must be performed within 6 hours, and sometimes within 24 hours.”

Doctors urge young adults to call in as soon as symptoms of the virus arise and report any evidence of stroke. He provided a simple enumeration of the above-mentioned: “FAST”: F for face drooping, A for arm weakness, S for speech difficulty and T for time to call 911.

In times like this, we should be more mindful of our current well-being, especially if we live alone and far from our loved ones. It is best to build your immune systems even at home too prevent contracting COVID-19.

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