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Coronavirus victims face a new danger that can occur even after the respiratory symptoms have subsided and the virus infection has cleared.
Doctors are beginning to notice a disturbing phenomenon of blood clotting, which occurs more frequently in patients with the virus. These clots are also found in younger coronavirus patients and can lead to stroke or death.
“There is something exaggerated in the ninth degree about this virus,” said Mitchell Levy, chief of pulmonary intensive care and sleep medicine at the Warren Albert School of Medicine, according to Bloomberg. “We see clotting in a way in this disease that we have not seen in the past. “
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He added that blood clotting is “probably the most important thing that has come up in the past two months. “
Clots can form and damage several types of organs in the body. They include the heart, liver or arterial catheters and filters of patients who support the failing kidneys.
However, blood clotting that appears in the lungs is considered to be the most serious in patients with coronavirus. It can impede blood circulation and impact infected patients who already have difficulty breathing due to the virus – which was previously considered a typical respiratory illness.
According to Margaret Pisani, associate professor of medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, clots in the lungs are likely to be the cause of the sudden fall in patients with coronavirus and develop deficiency of blood oxygen, the newspaper reported.
Doctors have previously attributed lung damage to pneumonia, but they are also studying clotting.
Dr. Hooman Poor, a lung specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, noted that blood was not circulating well in the lungs of 14 patients on respirators, which he said was due to clotting.
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“I feel like all of these patients have blood clots in their lungs,” Poor said last month, according to Reuters.
A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week found that five people aged 33 to 49 who had had a stroke had also tested positive for the coronavirus. They were all treated for blockages of large ships.
On April 13, a study published by researchers in the Netherlands found that 31% of patients in the intensive care unit with coronavirus they observed had a coagulation-related complication. The study described the results as “remarkably high”.
Large arterial lung clots can also put overwhelming pressure on the heart, which can lead to cardiac arrest. According to Bloomberg, Edwin van Beek, president of clinical radiology at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh, could also disrupt the blood circulation of ventilated coronavirus patients.
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“It’s pretty scary when you think about it because we didn’t know what to object to until we were at a later stage,” said Frank Rasulo, neurocritical care doctor in Italy.