IF you’ve had Covid and gotten over the nasty bug, you might think you’re out of the woods.
However, experts have revealed that people who contract coronavirus are at greater risk fatal stroke.
Stroke is a medical emergency and occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off.
There are usually two main causes, this can be due to a blood clot or when a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts
Another related condition is called transient ischemic attack (TIA), in which the blood supply to the brain is temporarily cut off.
Medics studying illness after Covid infection found that after 12 months, people with the virus were at a 72 percent higher risk of heart failure.
Even those who didn’t have an illness severe enough to be hospitalized could develop problems.
Omicron is the dominant strain in Britain and the majority of Britons have been protected with vaccines and booster doses.
A number of extremely positive studies show that Omicron is milder than other strains, particularly in vaccinated individuals.
Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of surviving the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.
In Nature Medicine, physicians warn of long-term effects on the heart and vascular system.
These include cardiac arrest, Heart failure, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia, blood clots, blood vessel disease and inflammatory diseases.
Experts examined data from over 11 million US veterans, including 154,000 who had contracted Covid.
They then estimated the risks within a year for about 20 cardiovascular diseases.
The researchers found that those who had contracted Covid a year earlier were at significantly higher risk than those who did not have the bug.
This risk then increased the more serious her case was.
Evelina Grayver, director of women’s heart health at Northwell Health in New York, who was not involved in the study, said Fox News: “20 heart conditions have been diagnosed in patients suffering from long-distance Covid.
“The most common are shortness of breath and fatigue.
“The new arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms, that people are experiencing are also significant and can become an incredible disability for many patients.”
However, it is worth noting that the study period ended before vaccines were available.
So almost all of the veterans examined had not received a single stitch when they caught Covid.
You need to know the signs of a stroke
The FAST method — which stands for Face, Arms, Speech, Time — is the easiest way to remember the most common stroke symptoms:
F = Droopy face – if one side of a person’s face is drooping or numb then ask them to smile, if uneven then seek help.
A = Arm weakness – if one arm is weak or numb, you should ask the person to raise both arms. If an arm is drifting down, you may need to get help
S = Speech Difficulty – If a person’s speech is slurred, it could be a sign of a stroke
T = Time to call 999 – if a person has the above signs they must call 999 in the UK or 911 in the US for emergency care.
The risks still apply to people who have had Covid, but this research doesn’t cover whether vaccines reduce the potential for developing the 20 conditions.
“Covid is an equal opportunity offender,” said Ziyad Al-Aly, senior study author and research director for the VA St. Louis Health Care System.
“We found an increased risk of cardiovascular problems in old and young people, in people with diabetes and without diabetes, in people with obesity and people without obesity, in people who have smoked and in people who have never smoked.
“What really worries me is that some of these conditions are chronic conditions that will literally scar people for life,” he said. “It’s not like you wake up tomorrow and suddenly you don’t have heart failure anymore.”
It comes after another study found those who have battled the infection are at higher risk a life-threatening condition that already affects five million Britons.
They were 46 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes for the first time in a year after a positive test.
The finding also applies to people who have had less severe symptoms or no symptoms at all.
The 20 conditions:
- atrial fibrillation
- sinus tachycardia
- sinus bradycardia
- Ventricular arrhythmias
- atrial flutter
- Acute coronary disease
- Heart attack
- Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
- heart failure
- Non-ischemic cardiomyopathy
- cardiac arrest
- cardiogenic shock
- pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Superficial vein thrombosis
*Symptoms and signs for each condition can be found on the NHS website
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