Study reveals frequency and characteristics of stroke in COV
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A review of nearly 28,000 emergency department records shows less than 2% of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 suffered an ischemic stroke but those who did had an increased risk of requiring long-term care after hospital discharge.

The researchers reviewed data from 54 health care facilities. They found 103 patients developed ischemic stroke among 8,163 patients with COVID-19. Comparatively, 199 patients developed stroke among 19,513 patients who didn't have COVID-19.

The mean age of COVID-19 patients with stroke was 68.8 compared with 54.4 for those without stroke. Among those with COVID-19 and stroke, 45% were Black, 36% were white and 6% were Hispanic. They tended to have hypertension, high-fat content in the blood, and diabetes.

"We also found that COVID-19 patients with stroke had a significantly higher rate of discharge to a destination other than home compared to stroke patients without COVID-19," the author said. "Patients with COVID-19 tend to have multisystem involvement and elevated markers of inflammation, which have been shown to increase the rate of death or disability."

"Even if COVID-19 was a predisposing factor, the risk was mainly seen in those who were already at risk for stroke due to other cardiovascular risk factors," the researcher said.

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Source: https://doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.120.031786
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