Webinar #28 | “Stroke and COVID-19”

Webinar #28 | “Stroke and COVID-19”

The University of the Philippines
in partnership with
Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)
and UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center
in cooperation with
UP Manila College of Medicine and UP Philippine General Hospital
would like to invite you to join the Fight Against COVID-19!
– the very first Online Medical Grand Rounds in the Philippines
– is scheduled EVERY FRIDAY from 12nn to 2pm.

Webinar #28: “Stroke and COVID-19”
Dr. Clare Angeli Enriquez
Fellow, Vascular Neurology,
Department of Neurosciences, PGH
October 30, 2020 (Friday) 12nn

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Madeleine Grace Sosa
Dean, De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute, Dasmariñas City, Cavite

Dr. Jose Leonard Pascual
Associate Professor, UP College of Medicine


Dr. Sharon Ignacio
Professor and Chair, Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine
UP College of Medicine

Dr. Michelle Anlacan
Head, Center for Memory and Cognition
Department of Neurosciences
Philippine General Hospital

Case Capsule: A 54-year old male was rushed to the ER with sudden onset of right-sided weakness and inability to talk. There was no headache, vomiting, loss of consciousness, or seizure-like episodes. However, he is a known case of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, likely from rheumatic heart disease since 2019. Patient survived the stroke, but succumbed from complications of COVID-19 associated with blood clots and inflammation that cause neurological damage.

Cerebrovascular disease or stroke is the second leading cause of death in the Philippines today. It also ranks 5th with greatest burden of disease. There are many risk factors linked to strokes, these include: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, smoking, harmful use of alcohol, age, and even viral infections or any other condition that causes inflammation like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

A few weeks into the COVID-19 pandemics, doctors in China, France, Italy and New York – started to note a hypercoagulable state or an abnormally increased tendency toward blood clotting, suggesting COVID-19 as a risk factor for ischemic stroke. COVID-related strokes seem to occur because of a body-wide increase in blood clot formation, which can damage multiple organs and systems, including the brain. Researchers are investigating if the coronavirus itself stimulates blood clots to form, or if they are a result of an overactive immune response to the virus. In this webinar, the links between stroke and COVID-19 are explored.

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