Obese patients with COVID-19 may have almost three times the risk of developing blood clots in the lungs, according to a new study. Obesity can make COVID-19 worse because it's associated with an increase in inflammation, which can increase the risk of clotting.
TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity makes COVID-19 worse and may lead to deadly blood clots in the lungs, a new study finds.
The researchers said that obese patients with COVID-19 may have nearly three times the risk of developing what is known as a pulmonary embolism.
"Clinicians can utilize our findings to aid in determining which patients should have evaluation for pulmonary embolism with pulmonary CT angiography, as the symptoms for COVID-19 and pulmonary embolism overlap," said lead researcher Dr. Neo Poyiadi, from the department of diagnostic radiology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.