Vein disorders and Covid- 19 – Is there a connection?

Since the outbreak of the COVID – 19 pandemic, doctors across the globe have continued to learn about the disease and its numerous manifestations like vein disorders. As widely observed, most people infected with the COVID-19 virus experience mild to moderate respiratory illness with symptoms varying from fever, dry cough and tiredness to major complications like breathing difficulty and chest pain. 

Older people, and patients with other medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop major complications when infected by the virus.

It has been shown by several researchers that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, popularly known as Corona virus, not only affect the respiratory system but the other systems in the body as well, including the Vascular system – consisting of the heart, the veins, blood and associated vessels. 

How Covid – 19 affects your Veins?

From the time the pandemic started, experts were worried of a link between COVID-19 virus and blood clot formation. Many cases were reported which connected the virus with blood clot-related conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It is very disturbing since studies show that having a blood clot while you have the virus increases mortality. To combat this, doctors looked at how they gave blood thinners to people hospitalized with the virus.

Recent research has showed the chances of the virus invading the endothelial cells in the lungs which contributes to the development of blood clots. These blood clots can block the flow of blood in blood vessels. Such a blocked vein leads to fluid buildup leading to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Incidence of DVT in Covid – 19 patients 

Critical Covid-19 patients are observed to have high incidence of Venous Thrombosis, while evidence on this complication in mild cases of disease is not widely available. Few experts have even recommended anticoagulation therapy at the early stages as part of their treatment regimen and suggest close monitoring of patients for the development of Thrombosis.

Doctors have realized that there is something different about what this infection is doing to the clotting system compared with other infections, which is what they call COVID coagulopathy. Coagulopathy is a condition in which the blood’s ability to clot is impaired and experts say that COVID-19 coagulopathy should be classified as a different manifestation that may need new diagnostic criteria.

Anticoagulants are observed to bring promising results for patients with severe cases of COVID-19 as they tend to reduce the risk of serious vascular-related complications including heart damage, strokes, and deep vein thrombosis. 

For those who already have an underlying venous disease condition, it can be a little overwhelming to read about the various ways COVID-19 can affect your veins and your body and the severe complications it can lead to. 

With the slow pace of global vaccination and emergence of new variants, experts are beginning to admit that the Covid- 19 won’t be over soon and is here to stay for a while. Hence today it is even more important and a great idea to support and sustain healthy veins in your body. Address any issues in your veins without any further delay by talking to a vascular specialist at Avis Vascular Center.