Transcript for Doctors seeing strokes in young COVID-19 patients
There is new concern tonight from some doctors in what they're seeing in younger adults, seemingly healthy, showing mild or no symptoms. The risk of stroke. Here's gio Benitez. Reporter: Tonight, a disturbing observation, doctors are now seeing strokes in young patients infected with the novel coronavirus. He's like, we're seeing a lot of blood clots. Reporter: This is 49-year-old Michael Reagan, he was recovering from covid-19 when doctors found blood clots in his lungs. You were feeling pain in your lungs? Yes, intense pain like I would imagine a heart attack would be like. I am in my 40s, I have run marathons, I was a yoga instructor. And if I can get this ill from it, anybody can. Reporter: And clots can lead to strokes. Neurologist Dr. Thomas Oxley says he's seen at least five young patients with strokes over the past two weeks. These patients were all in their 30s and 40s. Two had no underlying conditions. These are not particularly sick patients. Reporter: Doctors have reported clotting in covid-19 patients. These are lung and heart scans of a patient in his 30s from new Orleans who was fighting covid-19. And this area here is the large blood clot that was threatening to stop his heart. When did you start noticing that blood clots were an issue? I did this procedure weeks ago and it was a young patient who had no past history who had been at home with covid. And that struck me as unusual. And then we saw a run of patients in the same category. Reporter: And this afternoon, we're hearing from the family of Broadway star Nick Cordero, who is battling covid-19 and lost his right leg because of blood clots. His wife saying doctors are just waiting for him to wake up. And David, doctors here really want you to think about those signs of a stroke. Remember that acronym, F.A.S.T. Face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and T is for time to call 911. David SNP. All just really important, gio, thank you for bringing that tonight.
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