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COVID-19 Hiked Risk of Stroke: Study claims

New York: Covid-19 is significantly associated with an increased risk of strokes, according to a study which says patients infected with the novel coronavirus should undergo aggressive monitoring for the neurological condition.

According to the researchers, including those from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the US, Covid-19 infection is a risk factor for acute strokes.

In the study, published in the American Journal of Neuroradiology, the scientists assessed patients presenting to six New York City hospitals for suspicion of stroke between March to April.

“We conducted a retrospective case-control study of 41 cases and 82 control subjects matched by age, sex, and risk factors,” the scientists wrote in the study.

After adjusting for age, gender, and risk factors, the scientists found that Covid-19 infection had a significant independent association with acute ischemic stroke — caused by a clot that blocks a blood vessel in the brain. — PTI