By now, we all know about the deadly challenges the victims of coronavirus face.
There are the sky-high fevers that often accompany the disease, for example. And the fluid-filled lungs that can cause COVID-19 patients to quite literally drown.
But there’s another risk that isn’t getting much attention. You won’t see it in the headlines. It hasn’t shown up in the always-evolving treatment guidelines yet either. And you won’t hear anyone talking about it in the testing lines.
But make no mistake. This killer complication is a massive threat to the hundreds of thousands of Americans battling the COVID-19 coronavirus infection.
As new research reveals, coronavirus patients are FAR more likely to suffer this frightening side effect than folks who get struck down by the flu.
And it’s yet one more reason for you to take steps to protect yourself from this virus even as things open back up in your own hometown.
Stroke risk skyrockets with coronavirus
Battling any virus such as pneumonia or the flu can be surprisingly rough on your body in ways most people never imagine. But the coronavirus has even surprised the experts with the many risks it’s victims can face.
For example, doctors report that COVID-19 can cause devastating damage to the cardiovascular system, including blood vessels, blood flow, and even the heart itself.
And now, a new study has exposed the hidden toll all that damage can take. It turns out coronavirus patients have a significantly higher risk of suffering a stroke than folks fighting other serious viral infections.
Researchers from New York’s Weill Cornell Medicine say just 0.2 percent of flu patients in the study suffered a stroke. But in coronavirus patients, that number skyrocketed to 1.6 percent.
In other words, the risk for stroke is EIGHT TIMES higher in COVID-19 than in flu.
Reduce your risk of deadly complications
One in four folks in the study arrived at the hospital suffering from a stroke. The other three out of the four developed a stroke during their coronavirus hospitalization.
And it turns out stroke isn’t just more COMMON in coronavirus patients. It’s also more DEADLY. None of the flu patients in the study died from their stroke. But nine of the coronavirus patients did.
But most frightening is that the severity of the infection didn’t always appear to be a red flag for having a stroke or dying from it.
It would be natural to assume that the stroke victims were the sickest weakest patients with the most extreme coronavirus infections. But that’s NOT necessarily the case.
In fact, only a third of the coronavirus patients who had a stroke were on ventilators.
There’s no treatment for COVID-19 yet. That means the best way to slash your own risk is to not get sick in the first place. And the good news is we have a good idea of how you can send your chances of catching the virus plummeting.
Continue to avoid crowds, avoid indoor spaces when you can, wear a mask whenever you go out, and arm your immune system with good nutrition and proper sleep.
And if you DO get sick… or even suspect you might have the infection… call your doctor ASAP to get an early diagnosis. Quick action might help stop your case from turning severe.