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Coronavirus-Positive Young Adults Reportedly Suffer Sudden Strokes

As far as the chance of contracting the COVID-19 virus, most know that elderly people are at high risk of getting it. However, it does not follow that younger people are free of possibly contracting the disease. Making matters worse is that it could occur in some patients without them knowing.

According to a report from CNN, the coronavirus is reportedly causing sudden strokes in adults aged in their 30s and 40s even if they appear to be at the best of health. And the reason for this is the recent finding that blood clots have been occurring in people who have tested positive for COVID-19, something that may eventually lead to strokes.

Blood clots have left doctors something to look into right now, another medical disorder that is tied up to COVID-19. If they are not addressed immediately, blood clots could travel and block passages in veins, leading to heart attacks, the Washington Post reported.

Cases of people who were aged under 50 and had mild to no symptoms of COVID-19 have already occurred, Dr. Thomas Oxley, a neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, detailed how they came across and treated five people with this case.

"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 said to CNN.

Stroke occurring in young people is not common. However, strokes in the large vessel of the brain could cause severe damage if not addressed right away. As of this writing, there has already been one fatality while others are undergoing rehabilitation. Oxley said that one was able to go home but required intensive care. Brain cells die when blood flow is stopped. The longer it is blocked, the wider damage it can cause to the brain.

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

Oxley and his team call on everyone to be more vigilant on the matter. Should they experience symptoms or have any evidence of stroke, it would be best to immediately call 911 for immediate assistance.

The easy memory device for stroke, he said, is "FAST": F for face drooping, A for arm weakness, S for speech difficulty and T for time to call 911.

Stroke A study shows that UTI can contribute to the development of different types of stroke. Pixabay

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