HealthDay Reports: DVT Clots Strike Many Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients — Study
A small French study found that three-quarters of all COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care went on to experience DVT, a life-threatening blood clot condition.
FRIDAY, May 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a small French study, three-quarters of all COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care went on to experience a dangerous blood clot in the leg that can travel to the lungs and potentially cause death.
Known as a DVT, the condition first gained notoriety as so-called "economy class syndrome," when passengers on long-haul flights developed them after sitting still for too long. But the clots can be life-threatening, and the frequency at which they are showing up in COVID-19 patients is cause for alarm, experts say.
The new findings "were quite astonishing," said Dr. Maja Zaric, a U.S. cardiologist who wasn't connected to the French study.