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Stroke symptoms and COVID-19

Wellness | May 7, 2020
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This Stroke Awareness Month, seek the care you need.

In honor of National Stroke Awareness Month, we strongly encourage you to seek the care you need without delay. According to the National Stroke Association, 80% of strokes can be prevented and a person experiencing a stroke can be treated if he or she seeks care immediately. Learn more about stroke symptoms here.

COVID-19 and stroke symptoms

There is much about COVID-19 that we do not know, and we are learning that it can affect people in many ways with a broad range of symptoms. In very rare cases we are seeing stroke as a presenting feature of COVID-19 in younger patients as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

As we continue to navigate this pandemic, there is understandably a lot of fear about being exposed to COVID-19 at hospitals and clinics. Nationwide, we are seeing a decrease in patients seeking care at hospitals for severe non-COVID-19 illnesses like strokes and heart attacks. Delaying necessary medical care can be detrimental to your health, especially when it comes to strokes.

The good news is that PeaceHealth has enhanced safety measures in place so that those seeking essential care for stroke and other emergencies are protected. All COVID-19 patients and those presenting with COVID-19 symptoms receive care in a completely separate area of the clinic or hospital and we are taking every precaution to keep our caregivers, providers and patients safe, in line with state and federal guidelines.

Get the care you need

This month and beyond, we encourage you to take care of your health and to seek the medical care you need because some care can’t wait. Whether you visit us in-person or through a video visit, we are here for you.

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