Stroke survivor and doctor warn people experiencing stroke symptoms to seek help

[KARE 11, May, 14, 2020] The hospital can be a scary place right now for people who are worried they might catch COVID-19 if they go in with symptoms of other illnesses.

Doctors who care for stroke patients worry fear of seeking treatment for illnesses outside of COVID-19 could end lives. Dr. Yasha Kayan is an interventional neuroradiologist. For example, he said Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital has seen a 30% drop in stroke victims during the pandemic.

“What we really need to think about is the chance of getting COVID-19 in hospitals is small and the chance of having a bad outcome if you let a stroke or heart attack go untreated is high,” Kayan said. 

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