Covid-19 Stroke Connection

Recent studies have shown that Covid-19 could increase the risk of strokes. Mohammad El-Ghanem, MD, is an endovascular neurologist at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

He shared his insights into how COVID-19 may be linked to increased stroke risk.

So, how is COVID-19 linked to an increase in strokes ?

Covid-19 symptoms vary but those with moderate and severe cases suffer with poor organ function, inflammation and blood clots. The more serious are at a risk of thromboembolisms, both arterial and venous which as most of us know could lead to a stroke or even a heart attack. The main problem is the inflammation which can cause  hypercoagulation of the blood that causes blood clots more quickly than usual. Blood thinners can help to reduce the risk for those hospitalised with severe cases.

What about after recovery!

This is still under research and I guess it will be for a long time. The one thing we need to do is recognise the symptoms and B.E.F.A.S.T.

  • Balance: Loss of balance or coordination.
  • Eye: Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes.
  • Face: Drooping or numb face?
  • Arms May Feel Weak: One or both arms may weak or numb? If you lift both arms up one could flop back down
  • Speech: Speech can suddenly be slurred? Or the person may be unable to be understood.
  • Time to call the Emergency Services: If anybody is suffering from any of these symptoms or even if they go away they need to go to hospital immediately.

Don’t avoid going to hospital

Strokes can be treated if caught early. Many stroke patients are nervous of hospitals since the pandemic but it is essential to act fast as this could minimise or even stop the long term effects. If you or a loved one has Covid-19 symptoms then keep a close eye for changes.

Our team at Caring for You at Home S.L, are highly experienced in caring for stroke patients.