- COVID-19 is the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that triggers respiratory illness and attack your lungs in horrible ways.
- Since it is a new virus, medical experts are still understanding how it can cause damage when it comes to your blood.
- Records show that COVID-19 can cause blood clots that may result in in skin discolorations, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or even stroke.
Here are all the warning signs and symptoms that COVID-19 is damaging your bloodstream.
1. Blood Clots
Medical experts across the globe have reported abnormal blood clotting in critically ill COVID-19 patients.
“The number of clotting problems I’m seeing in the ICU, all related to COVID-19, is unprecedented,” Jeffrey Laurence, MD, a hematologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, told CNN. “Blood clotting problems appear to be widespread in severe COVID. “
Since it is a new virus, it is still unclear how COVID-19 can cause blood clots. Preexisting conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure could have something to do with it.
2. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — the condition usually impacting the deep veins of the legs — has been observed on COVID patients around the world.
“Blood clots can form in the veins deep in the limbs, a condition called deep vein thrombosis or DVT,” explains the American Heart Association . “A blood clot in a deep vein can break off and travel through the bloodstream. If the clot travels to the lungs and blocks blood flow, the condition is called pulmonary embolism.”
3. Unusual Swelling or Numbness
Blood clotting can cut off the blood flow in your body. Broadway actor Nick Cordero, was amputated as a result of “thrombotic events” before he eventually died from complications of COVID-19.
A latest study published in Thrombosis Research revealed that 31 percent of 184 patients suffered thrombotic complications. The first signs of blood clots is pain, numbness, or any swelling in the limbs or fingers.
4. Rashes or Discoloration
Dr. Alisa Femia, director of inpatient dermatology and a specialist in autoimmune connective tissue disease at NYU Langone, has reported skin manifestations such as strange rashes and discoloration among COVID patients. She noted to Time that some preliminary research indicates blood-flow issues may be the reason for these skin conditions.
COVID-19 patients, young and old alike, are experiencing strokes. Experts believe it is connected with blood clotting. Many of them have no pre-existing heart-related conditions that makes them prone to a stroke.
“We’re seeing a startling number of young people who had a minor cough, or no recollection of viral symptoms at all, and they’re self-isolating at home like they’re supposed to—and they have a sudden stroke,” Adam Dmytriw, MD, a University of Toronto radiologist, told the New York Times.
6. Blood Clots in the Lungs
Published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, one study found that blood clots are clogging the lungs of coronavirus patients, particularly African American.
“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” Richard Vander Heide, MD, head of pathology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine and head of the study, explained.
It is also noted that all ten patients involved in the study, whose bodies were examined during an autopsy, suffered from underlying conditions (such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity) that may have worsen the infection.
7. COVID Toes
Some younger COVID patients have reported swollen, discolored lesions on their toes, a condition called “COVID toes.” Experts believe that blood clots also caused the inflammatory condition.
“It’s possible that this is a skin reaction or caused by a small clog or micro clots in the blood vessels found in the toes,” Cleveland Clinic pulmonologist Dr. Humberto Choi explained in a blog post on the medical center’s website.
8. Heart Attack or Other Heart Damage
“Blood clots can wreak havoc on your heart and the coronavirus weakens heart muscle, and causes dangerous arrhythmias and heart attacks due to small clots,” reports The Washington Post. If you experience any heart health issues, contact a medical professional immediately.
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