Doctors Are Now Seeing Young Adults Suffer Strokes Due to Coronavirus
New York City doctors have noticed a disturbing new trend in adults between 30 and 40 years of age.
Doctors in New York City are warning of a terrifying new symptom of the COVID-19 virus that seems to be affecting those in their 30s and 40s: sudden strokes. A neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai Health System in New York told CNN about five individuals they have recently treated for strokes. All of the patients were under the age of 50, and had either mild symptoms of the coronavirus or were completely asymptomatic.
"The virus seems to be causing increased clotting in the large arteries, leading to severe stroke," Thomas Oxley, MD, told CNN. "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."
It is very rare for individuals so young to have strokes, especially in the large vessels in the brain. CNN reports that "there's growing evidence that COVID-19 infection can cause the blood to clot in unusual ways, and stroke would be an expected consequence of that."
"Our service, over the previous 12 months, has treated on average 0.73 patients every 2 weeks under the age of 50 years with large vessel stroke," Oxley and his team wrote in a report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. As CNN points out, that's fewer than two people a month, or around 19 a year.
While it's been known that stroke survivors and those with heart disease are at a greater risk of coronavirus complications, seeing strokes due to coronavirus in thirty- and forty-somethings is something medical professionals are now investigating. And for more strange symptoms to be aware of, check out 7 Silent Symptoms of Coronavirus Seniors Need to Know.