Podcast 562:  COVID-19 Occlusions* - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 562:  COVID-19 Occlusions*

*(A shorter and more clinically focused follow up piece to our COVID Digest released on 5/1/20)

Contributor: Nick Tsipis, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Case series reported 5 cases of generally young and healthy patients with COVID-19 who presented to the ER with acute stroke
  • Now several case series showing cardiovascular involvement or complications related to COVID-19
  • While these case series may shed light on the nature of COVID-19 complications, it’s worth remembering that so far these cases represent a few unique instances and we need more studies and data to pronounce COVID-19 infected patients at higher risk of thromboembolic events like strokes and heart attacks


Oxley, T. et al. Large-Vessel Stroke as a Presenting Feature of Covid-19 in the Young. April 28, 2020. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc2009787

Summarized by Jackson Roos, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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