Strokes

There is a significant decrease in consultation for myocardial infarctions (MI) and strokes with the pandemic because individuals fear contracting COVID-19 from hospitals. In Canada, admissions for MI have decreased by over 40% and this number reaches 60% in Quebec. Even more alarming, ER visits for strokes have dropped by over 80% in the province.

Since we know that every minute counts in these conditions, patients should be advised to visit the ER without any delay.

Thomas Gerbet. « Bombes à retardement » : des victimes d’infarctus et d’AVC évitent les urgences. April 13, 2020.

Original article: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1693406/coronavirus-crise-cardiaque-urgence-covid-infarctus-avc

Alarming cases of large vessel occlusions have been reported among adults in their 30s and 40s. At Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, a 44 year old man, without any pre-existing conditions, was admitted with a severe stroke and no evidence of respiratory symptoms, even though he tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Thomas Oxley, vascular and interventional neurologist, noted that the brain imaging of the patient looked “like a can of spaghetti”, something he had never seen before. New clots were forming around the area of the stroke as he was removing the clot.

Ariana Eunjung Cha. Young And Middle-Aged People, Barely Sick With Covid-19, Are Dying Of Strokes. Washington Post. April 25, 2020.

Original article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/24/strokes-coronavirus-young-patients/

Several cases of young COVID-19 patients diagnosed with strokes have been described, though they had a mild disease and no pre-existing health conditions. Dr. Thomas Oxley, a neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, reported that the incidence of stroke in young individuals has increased sevenfold

Maggie Fox. COVID-19 causing blood clots, sudden strokes in young adults, doctors say. CTV News. April 24, 2020.

Original article: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/covid-19-causing-blood-clots-sudden-strokes-in-young-adults-doctors-say-1.4910674