Higher than expected stroke risk in COVID-19 patients

8% of ischemic stroke patients had atrial fibrillation, and 9% of those without stroke had atrial fibrillation.

Recent research has found that hospitalized patients with COVID-19 infection are at a much higher risk of stroke compared to patients who were infected with other similar conditions, leading to -into the flu and sepsis.

The data were presented at the 2021 International Stroke Association of American Stroke Conference and were conducted by researchers at the American Heart Association (AHA).

“Stroke alone can have a devastating effect and overcoming COVID-19 will often be a difficult one for those who survive,” said Saate S. Shakil, a cartographer at the University of Washington in Seattle. “Together, they can impose a huge toll on patients who have developed both conditions. “

The researchers behind the study accessed the AHA database of COVID-19 Cardiovascular Disease to study the risk of stroke among hospital-acquired COVID-19 patients, their demographic characteristics, medical history, and internal survival hospital. The study included data from 20,000 patients across the U.S. who were admitted to the hospital between January and November 2020.

Findings from the study showed that out of the 20,000 patients had a confirmed stroke, 281 were on the COVID-19 chart, with 148 having an ischemic stroke, 7 having a transgender ischemic attack, and 127 inflammatory or inflammatory strokes. non-specific type of stroke.

In addition, those with a stroke of any kind were more likely to be male (64%) and older than those who did not have a stroke. 44% of patients with ischemic stroke had Type 2 diabetes and most also had high blood pressure.

The researchers also found that those who had a stroke spent more days in hospital and had a higher risk of death compared to those who did not.

“These findings suggest that COVID-19 may increase the risk for stroke, although the exact mechanism for this is not yet known,” Shakil said. “As the pandemic continues, we discover that coronavirus is not just a respiratory illness, but a viral infection that can affect many organ systems.”