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Stroke risk for 1 in 4 Covid19 patients – study

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The Philippine Neurological Association recently carried out a retrospective study which showed that at least one in every four hospitalized Filipino patients carry a risk of experiencing a stroke and other brain disorders.


Neurological symptoms including headache, changes in smell and taste, as well as pain in the muscles, were found in 26% of 10,881 Covid19 patients observed, throughout 37 hospitals all over the country.


Within the research’s population, 62% exhibited mild symptoms, while 32% were suffering from severe infection.


Studying the patients alos revealed that other behavioral and neurological ailments some experienced, caused by brain damage, included stroke, and disease in the brain which is generally referred to as encephalopathy.


Furthermore, while 44% of Covid19 deaths were due to respiratory illness, and 41% from severe infection, a significant 23% presented neurological issues.


University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) stroke services head Dr. Epifania Collantes illuminated the importance of this finding, as these neurological symptoms indicated detrimental impacts on both the central and peripheral nervous systems of a person.


Additionally, these neurological manifestations, including instances of a stroke, could appear in a Covid19 patient two weeks prior or after, being diagnosed.


Collantes also shared that Covid19 is able to attack the brain and cause neurological destruction via three tactics, including direct invasion, oxygen deprivation of the brain through blood clotting, and by letting loose substances that are capable of damaging the brain, such as immune molecules.


More alarming information was mentioned by Collantes, as younger Covid19 patients have experienced stroke incidents despite zero history of high blood or any other precursors.


“We are seeing a lot of young stroke patients, even though they have no history of high blood or diabetes, or even if they are not smokers, because Covid19 can cause blood clots not only in the heart, but also in the brain,” the medical expert explained.

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