NYC docs say COVID patients' blood thickened, trying new treatments

Grant Boone
April 25, 2020

In some cases, Mocco said, a stroke was a young patient's first symptom of COVID-19.

Dr. Thomas Oxley, head of neurology intensive care at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, said a small number of patients infected with the coronavirus were "having brain complications from the disease".

When blood clots travel to the heart or lungs the can cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism - or if they travel to the brain they cause a stroke.

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The symptom often comes along with respiratory infections, such as the flu. If you're experiencing a fever and cough followed by trouble breathing, you might have COVID-19 and you might require medical attention.

Overall, the researchers wrote that only patients who are clearly struggling to breathe should be treated with ventilators. The child is the fourth patient to die in the state after contracting the coronavirus.

Perhaps most worryingly, she said that many of those patients showed no other signs of illness, but were eventually confirmed to have coronavirus.

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However, his remarks have infuriated Kenyans who took to social media to demand answers from the Ministry of Health (MoH). He said the vaccine is known to produce a strong antibody response but that doesn't necessarily equate to protection.

Strokes are common health complications with certain diseases, but they typically occur with older patients.

This is the third COVID-19 death and the first infant fatality in the state where two elderly people had succumbed to the disease earlier.

What makes it even more significant is that most of these patients, who were largely asymptomatic, had initially resisted hospital admission. According to the Washington Post, that percentage is similar to the average percentage of non-Covid-19 patients who died after being admitted to the hospital with respiratory issues before the new coronavirus epidemic.

Dr Kathryn Hibbert told CNN that she has seen blood clotting before her eyes as she tried to insert intravenous lines into a patient's artery.

The youngest was 31, "which is insane", Mocco said, adding that the such strokes among young people are "very, very atypical".

Doctors at the Mount Sinai Health System in NY believe there is evidence which suggests COVID-19 can cause patients in the above mentioned age range to experience sudden strokes.

Susan Wilcox, chief of critical care for the emergency department at Massachusetts General Hospital, saw the purple lesions on her most critically ill COVID patients and suspected it was purpura fulminans. "All tested positive. Two of them delayed calling an ambulance", Oxley said noting that some people are hesitant to go to the hospital because they've heard of overcrowding at hospitals. About 14% had been treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), 12% had been on ventilators, 3% had kidney replacement therapy and 21% died.

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