By Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — Hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers with brain problems corresponding to stroke and confusion have an elevated danger of dying, a brand new research reveals.
The findings might enhance care and save lives throughout the pandemic, the researchers stated.
“This research is the primary to point out that the presence of neurological signs, significantly stroke and confused or altered pondering, might point out a extra severe course of sickness, even when pulmonary issues aren’t extreme,” stated research co-author Dr. David Altschul, chief of neurovascular surgical procedure at Montefiore Well being System and Albert Einstein Faculty of Medication in New York Metropolis.
His crew analyzed information on 4,711 COVID-19 sufferers who have been admitted to the Montefiore system between March 1 and April 16. Of these, 581 (12%) had neurological issues severe sufficient for docs to order mind imaging.
These sufferers have been in contrast with a management group of greater than 1,700 COVID-19 sufferers of comparable age and illness severity who did not have neurological signs.
Amongst sufferers who had mind imaging, 55 have been recognized with stroke and 258 had confusion or altered pondering capability.
In comparison with the management group, sufferers with stroke have been twice as prone to die (49% versus 24%) and sufferers with confusion additionally had a considerably greater danger of dying (40% versus 33%), in response to findings revealed on-line Dec. 18 within the journal Neurology.
Greater than half of the stroke sufferers did not have high blood pressure or different underlying danger components for stroke, researchers famous.
“This extremely uncommon discovering agrees with different research of individuals with COVID-19 in suggesting that an infection with the novel coronavirus is itself a danger issue for stroke,” Altschul stated in a Montefiore information launch.
The Nationwide Library of Medication has extra on COVID-19.
SOURCE: Montefiore Well being System, information launch, Dec. 18, 2020