Higher-than-expected stroke risk in COVID-19 patients, study says

Those who had an ischemic stroke were more likely to be older, male, black race, or with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) compared with COVID-19 patients. another, according to late blight science presented today at the 2021 American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference.
The meeting was held almost March 17-19, 2021 and is the first global meeting for researchers and clinicians dedicated to the science of stroke and brain health.
For this analysis, researchers accessed the American Heart Association’s COVID-19 Cardiovascular Disease Index to study stroke risk among patients hospitalized for COVID-19, their demographic characteristics, medical history, and side survival. hospital interior. COVID-19 Table data extracted for this study included more than 20,000 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across the U.S. between January and November 2020.
“These findings suggest that COVID-19 may increase the risk for stroke, although the exact mechanism for this is not known for sure,” said study lead author Saate S. Shakil, MD , a cartographer at the University of Washington in Seattle. “As the pandemic continues, we discover that coronavirus is not just a respiratory illness, but a viral infection that can affect many organ systems.”
Two hundred and eighty-one individuals (1.4 percent) in the COVID-19 CVD Table on stroke were confirmed by study imaging during hospitalization. Of these, 148 patients (52.7 percent) had an ischemic stroke; 7 patients (2.5 percent) had a transient ischemic attack (TIA); and 127 patients (45.2 percent) experienced a bloating stroke or an undiagnosed type of stroke.
The analysis of COVID-19 patients also found that: – Those with any type of stroke were more likely to be male (64 percent) and older (average age 65) than patients without stroke (mean age 61).
Forty-four percent of patients who experienced an ischemic stroke also had Type 2 diabetes vs. about one-third of patients had no stroke, and most had high blood pressure (80 percent). -some ischemic stroke patients compared with non-stroke patients (58 percent);
Eighteen percent of ischemic stroke patients had atrial fibrillation, and 9 percent of those without stroke had atrial fibrillation;
Patients who had a stroke spent an average of 22 days in hospital, compared with 10 days in hospital for non-stroke patients; and
In-hospital deaths were more than twice as high among stroke patients (37 percent) compared with non-stroke patients (16 percent).
In addition, the risk of stroke varied by race. Black patients made up 27 percent of the patients in the COVID-19 CVD Registry bath for this analysis; however, 31 percent of cases of ischemic stroke were among black patients.
“We know that COVID-19 pandemic disease has had a disproportionate impact on color communities, but our research shows that Black Americans may be at higher risk for ischemic stroke after getting a virus, too, “Shakil said.” A stroke alone can have a devastating effect and recovering from COVID-19 is often a difficult path for those who survive. Together, they can impose a high tax on patients who have acquired both conditions. “
Shakil said, “It is more important than ever that we prevent the spread of COVID-19 through public health interventions and widespread vaccination.” (ANI)