The link between strokes and COVID-19

Studies show COVID-19 patients in their 30s and 40s experience blood clots and strokes at a higher rate than same-age patients who don’t have the disease.

According to Advisory Board, a healthcare research organization, three large U.S. medical centers have found a link between COVID-19 and strokes. Th e studies show strokes occurring among patients in their 30s and 40s, including some who were unaware they had contracted the coronavirus or were experiencing only mild symptoms.

“Patients infected with the virus seem to develop increased tendency to form clots, leading to severe strokes in some cases,” said Paul Lleva, MD, a vascular neurologist and director of Stroke services at Greenwich Hospital.

“Due to the heightened propensity to increased clot formation, COVID-19 patients are at risk for cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke. People of all ages should immediately seek emergency care if they experience any sign of stroke. Even severe strokes are treatable if caught early,” he said.

Stroke Management During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Wednesday, June 24 l noon - 1 pm
Speaker: Paul Lleva, MD, vascular neurologist
Zoom teleconference

Gain insight about the mechanism, causes, management and prevention of acute ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain becomes clogged by a clot. Learn about the many ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted stroke management and the predisposing factors that can lead to a stroke. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. The zoom link will be distributed in advance of the session. Participants will be muted and off-camera and can ask questions via chat. Free.