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Abstract Details

Effect of SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic on Trends in Stroke Hospitalizations and Associated Risk Factors in Non-SARS-CoV-2 Infection Patients
General Neurology
P1 - Poster Session 1 (8:00 AM-9:00 AM)

SARS-CoV-2 infection has shown to increase stroke and other neurological complications in patients. However, trends in stroke hospitalization among patients with non-infection has not been characterized.

To investigate stroke hospitalization and related risk factors before and after the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

A retrospective analysis on 2647 patients hospitalized for a neurological problem and negative SARS-CoV-2 infection between December 2018 and March 2021 was conducted. 610 patients had a primary problem of stroke and were categorized as pre-pandemic or pandemic if occurred prior to or after February 2020 respectively. 458 patients had an ischemic stroke while 114 had a hemorrhagic stroke. The prevalence of obesity, hypertension (HTN), diabetes (DM), stroke related paralysis, and death prior to and during the pandemic were compared.

There was no difference in the prevalence of overall stroke in the pre-pandemic and pandemic groups (24% vs 22%, p>0.05). Among those with stroke, no significant difference in prevalence of DM, HF, CKD, HTN was found between the pre-pandemic and pandemic timeline. However, there is a significant increase of patients who are obese presenting with stroke (5.7% vs 17%, p<0.0001); these patients also had a significant increase in stroke related paralysis pre-pandemic vs pandemic (55% vs 80%, p<0.05). In those with ischemic stroke, patients under 65 years increased (47% vs 56%, p=0.052) after the pandemic.

Our study demonstrated an increased severity and incidence of obesity in stroke patients during SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. We observed a trend toward younger patients diagnosed with ischemic stroke with reaching significance. 

Mohsen Ahmed (New Jersey Medical school)
Mr. Ahmed has nothing to disclose.
Umair Azhar Mr. Azhar has nothing to disclose.
Afaaq Ahmed Mr. Ahmed has nothing to disclose.
Nabeel Ahmed (Stony Brook University Hospital) Mr. Ahmed has nothing to disclose.
Sania Azhar Ms. Azhar has nothing to disclose.
Nizar Souayah, MD, FAAN Dr. Souayah has received publishing royalties from a publication relating to health care.