Covid-19 and Stroke

  • Stroke is a serious condition that, if left untreated, can lead to major sequelae or even death.

  • Recovery from the effects of a stroke depends greatly on the treatment you receive and how quickly.

  • Some of the most effective treatments for stroke can only be given 4.5 to 6 hours after the onset of symptoms.

How does the COVID-19 affect stroke care ?

Quebec neurologists are seeing a decrease in the number of stroke patients presenting to emergency departments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some patients do not present to the emergency department until 2 to 3 days after the onset of their symptoms. Patients stay at home for fear of being exposed to the virus in hospital, but in doing so, they risk severe disability if they do not receive treatment in time.

If you think you might have stroke symptoms during the pandemic...

Call 911 immediately! This is the best way for you to receive the most effective treatment. Inform the services if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of the virus, such as cough, fever or difficulty breathing. Health care professionals are there to keep you safe! Multiple precautionary measures are taken by hospitals across the province to ensure that there is no transmission between patients with and without COVID.