Press trust of IndiaJune 30, 2020 11:10:26 ist
COVID-19 is significantly associated with an increased risk of stroke, According to a study that says that patients infected with the coronavirus have to go through aggressive monitoring of neurological status.
According to the researchers, including from the school of medicine Icahn mount Sinai in the US, COVID-19 infection is a risk factor for acute stroke.
In a study published in American journal of Neuroradiologyaccording to estimates of scientists , of patients presenting to six hospitals in new York on suspicion in the course in the period from March to April.
“We conducted a retrospective study case-control of the 41 cases and 82 control group matched for age, sex and risk factors,” the scientists wrote in the study.
After adjustment for age, gender and risk factors, the researchers found that COVID-19 infection had a significant Independent Association with acute ischemic stroke — caused by a clot that blocks a blood vessel in the brain.
Comparing the group of patients with stroke compared with stroke, they showed significant increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 infection among a group of stroke after accounting for other known risk factors of stroke.
Researchers believe that patients with COVID-19 should be assessed before the acute neurological changes.
“This is the first serious critical study to show that COVID-19 infection as a risk factor for acute stroke,” punit Belani, co-author of the study from the mount Sinai hospital.
“Patients with COVID-19 should be evaluated early for acute neurological changes, as well as timely examination should be performed in patients with suspected stroke, reduce morbidity and mortality,” said Belani.
Recalling the limitations of the study, the researchers stated that the study included only 41 patients with a diagnosis of COVID-19, adding that further studies involving a larger population may help to validate the findings.
“Future efforts could evaluate whether this relationship is true in large populations and the pathophysiological mechanisms inherent in COVID-19, that drive this Association,” the study says.
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