COVID-19 might raise stroke risk in young and middle-aged adults, with virus-linked blood clots causing severe damage to their brains, doctors warn. Word has already spread that the novel coronavirus appears to increase clotting in some patients, experts say.Now, a series of five cases at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City indicate that those clots might cause strokes in young patients, according to a new report in the April 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The cases came during a two-week period from March 23 to April 7. The patients ranged in age from 33 to 49, and all were COVID-19 positive when they came to the hospital for care, Mount Sinai researchers said.The youngest, a 33-year-old woman, developed numbness and weakness in her left side in the course of a day, after suffering cough, headache and chills for a week, the report said.The woman tested positive for COVID-19, and doctors found a blood clot lodged in a cerebral artery. She was treated with blood thinners and anticoagulant drugs, and after 10 days was released to a rehabilitation center.The lead author of the report, Dr. Thomas Oxley, spoke to the Washington Post about treating another patient in


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