COVID-19 and the Potential for a Stroke

As more details are being learned about COVID-19,  evidence suggests that having the virus may increase the risk of stroke.  

A stroke may occur in patients who have contracted COVID for several reasons.  Here are a few believed to be contributing factors:

  • The pre-existence of underlying cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension or heart disease
  • The development of infections and inflammation caused by COVID that can lead to stroke
  • The formation of blood clots which can lead to stroke

Studies have shown that some COVID positive individuals are more at risk than others for having a stroke.  It has been found that males, 65 years of age or older, are more likely than females to have an ischemic stroke after contracting the virus and African Americans are at higher risk than Caucasians.

Research also indicates that people who have a stroke and COVID spend about twice as long in the hospital as patients who do not have COVID (22 days versus 10 days).  Patients with COVID who have a stroke are also twice as likely to die than non-COVID stroke patients.

If you are at risk of having a stroke or other cardiovascular issues you should visit your doctor for regular checkups to prevent complications.  It is also important to take preventative measures to avoid the COVID-19 virus. This includes wearing a face mask when in public spaces, proper and frequent hand washing, and getting vaccinated.

To schedule an appointment with a cardiovascular specialist at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, please call 718- 206-7001