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Greenville, South Carolina (WSPA)-May is “National Stroke Awareness Month”.
There is increasing evidence that patients with COVID-19 are at increased risk of stroke.
As part of the “Ask the Expert” series with Bon Secours St. Francis Health, Taylor Murray of 7 News talked to a neurologist about how to stay safe during a pandemic if he has a history of stroke.
There are still some unclear points about the link between COVID-19 and stroke.
As the pandemic continues, the medical community is aware that the coronavirus is not just a respiratory disease, but a vascular disease that can affect many organ systems.
“Among hospitalized patients, COVID-19 positivity seems to increase the risk of stroke.”
Dr. John McBurney, Neurologist, Bon Secourt St. Francis
Neurology specialist Dr. John McBurney states that patients with COVID-19 are 2-3 times more at risk of stroke than patients without COVID.
If you have a history of stroke …
“There is no doubt that they are more likely to get a serious COVID.”
Dr. McBurney says COVID-related strokes do more than just affect people who are already at risk of stroke, such as older patients.
“These strokes tend to affect the younger age group more than non-COVID status.”
Therefore, it is important to know the signs of stroke if you are infected with COVID-19, regardless of age or gender.The acronym “BEFAST” helps you remember when to ask for help
The sooner you call 911, the more likely you are to prevent a failure.
Dr. McBurney states that if you have a history of stroke, it is important to reduce your risk of getting COVID by following public health guidelines on masking, hand washing, and social distance.
In northern South Carolina and western North Carolina, there are several support groups for survivors. For more information click here.
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