‘It’s not just the flu’: BC man with COVID-19 still suffers from blood clots in his lungs


Jordan Hoey was a healthy and active 29-year-old man when he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in May.He said that for the first few days he felt tired, sore and sore, but then he had a fever which lasted for about 10 days.

“And that wasn’t the end, unfortunately,” he told Global News on Monday.

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A few days after his fever subsided, Hoey said he started coughing up blood and decided to go to the emergency room.

“It was really scary, when my mask started to turn red on the inside, I knew it was time for a check-up.”

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It turns out that Hoey had several pulmonary embolisms, which are blood clots in the lungs.

“I felt real, very sharp chest pain. It was like someone was stabbing me. It was very difficult to breathe normally for a while, ”he says.

While COVID-19 was initially considered a respiratory virus, there is more evidence that it causes other serious conditions, including blood clots, which can be fatal if left untreated.

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Dr Anna Rahmani, co-director of the thrombosis clinic at Saint-Paul Hospital, said little is known about why COVID-19 causes blood clots.

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“When it comes to blood clots specifically, we’re noticing an increasing number of blood clots in the lungs, also known as pulmonary embolism. We notice blood clots in the legs, which is called deep vein thrombosis, so these are the two main areas where we see blood clots.

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Rahmani added that they also saw blood clots in the heart and in the brain.

Further research still needs to be done.

Rahmani said she noticed a reluctance in people to see a doctor due to the pressure the pandemic is putting on the healthcare system, but said it was very important that if someone thinks they have a blood clot, he should see a doctor. .

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Signs of a blood clot in the leg include pain, swelling, and redness in the leg. Rahmani said it could look like muscle pain or a charley horse that won’t go away.

Signs of a blood clot in the lungs include shortness of breath, increasing chest pain such as throbbing pain, cough and bloody cough, dizziness or fainting.

The Thrombosis Clinic is having a free Zoom event on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and anyone can participate. The link is on their website.

“Clots can attack anyone. Anyone of any age, gender and race, ”Rahmani said.

“Untreated blood clots are fatal.”

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Hoey wants everyone to get the message across that COVID-19 is a terrible disease.

He is now on blood thinners and says

says he still doesn’t feel 100%, can’t exercise yet, and is very tired in the middle of the day.

“Be careful, wear your mask. Listen to Dr Henry, ”he added.

“I want people to take this a lot more seriously. I know everyone is fed up with COVID, but it’s a real thing and it’s not just the flu for sure.

– with files by Linda Aylesworth

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