New research has compared health outcomes between stroke patients who also have Covid-19 and those who do not. It found that stroke patients who also have Covid-19 showed increased systemic inflammation, a more serious stroke severity and a much higher rate of death.
The research, from University of Alabama at Birmingham, is published in the journal Brain, Behavior & Immunity – Health.
It was a retrospective, observational study of 60 ischemic stroke patients admitted to UAB Hospital between late March and early May 2020. All patients were tested for Covid-19 at admission.
The researchers mined medical records for data on the patients’ age, gender and race; clinical variables; laboratory data, including complete blood counts, blood chemistry and coagulation tests; and outcomes, including death, length of hospital stay and condition at discharge.
Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham
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