Did you know that SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID-19? Research states that people infected with this virus have another issue. If you’ve had COVID-19 before, you’re likelier to have blood clots for up to six months after recovery.
“It’s unclear how COVID-19 causes blood clots. But reports show that the infection activates clotting,” says Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Health.
Blood clots caused by COVID-19 can result in the following medical conditions:
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attacks
It’s important to note that these can occur in people of all ages and otherwise healthy people.
Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism, Post-COVID Bleeding
Experts have discovered a COVID-linked risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT may last up to three months after you recover from COVID-19.
Other unexpected circulatory issues can also occur. A pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung) can occur for six months. Spontaneous bleeding may also happen for up to two months after recovery from COVID-19.
Experts also show a higher risk of events in patients with underlying illnesses. DVT, embolism, and bleeding still happen in people with more aggressive COVID-19 strains, especially from the first wave.
You can lower your risk of blood clots by doing the following:
- Continue to be active: A sedentary lifestyle can increase your risk of blood clots. So, ensure to exercise. If you must sit for an extended period, stand up often. Try to take regular breaks to get up and walk around.
- Maintain a healthy weight: If you are overweight, losing weight can help reduce your chance of forming blood clots.
- Don’t light up: Tobacco smoking can harm the lining of your blood vessels, causing clots to form.
- Understand the side effects of drugs: Medications like birth control and hormone replacement therapy may increase blood clots. Work with your doctor to ensure that blood clots lessen over time.
- Practice hygiene and safety measures: The best way to help prevent COVID-19 blood clots is to avoid becoming infected again. Ensure physical distancing. Wash your hands often. Wear a face mask. And if you haven’t already, get vaccinated.
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