Día Mundial de la Trombosis

Open Your Eyes to Thrombosis and COVID-19

Early Reports suggest a high rate of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, particularly in those needing admission. International experts from the World Thrombosis Day Scientific Steering Committee have compiled the most up to date research and information below, and the campaign will continue to update these messages to reflect the most current data. 

Information on COVID-19 for Thrombosis Patients: 
  • If you’ve had a previous blood clot—such as deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism - it does not increase your risk of getting COVID-19. [1]
     
  • Taking anticoagulant(s) does not increase your risk of getting COVID-19.
     
    • However, some people taking anticoagulants might have other health issues that increase their risk for getting COVID-19
       
      • For example, people with cancer who have had a blood clot might be on anticoagulants but are also taking cancer treatment drugs that lower their immunity. The low immunity might increase the risk of COVID-19 but the anticoagulant treatments do not add to the risk
If you acquire COVID-19:
 
  • If you are already on an anticoagulant(s) and get COVID-19, you should continue taking your medication as instructed by your healthcare professional. Keep taking it regularly, and don’t skip any doses.[1]
     
    • WHY? In severe COVID-19 infection, patients have sticky blood. Therefore, anticoagulation maybe an important preventative measure if you acquire COVID-19.[2]
       
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, and previously had a blood clot, make sure you tell your healthcare provider immediately. Let them know if you are currently taking an anticoagulant and ask for a VTE risk assessment if you are admitted to a hospital. [3]
Tips to staying healthy:

  • Stay active! Being less active while staying at home could increase your risk for getting a blood clot. Make sure you follow simple steps to reduce the risk, such as getting up to move every 90 minutes.[1]
     
  • Stay hydrated! Drinking water and staying hydrated is important in preventinng blood clots. 
     
  • Practice Physical Distancing! Practice physical distancing and follow basic hygiene, such as washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. This will decrease your risk of getting COVID-19. [2] 
     
  • Don’t skip your meds! Keep taking your medicine as prescribed regardless of if you acquire COVID-19, and don’t skip any doses.[3]

Additional COVID-19 & Thrombosis Resources
COVID-19 Resources from Other WTD Partner Organizations:

[3] Prof. Beverley Hunt Interview in Thrombosis UK Video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTjkcfVrLUg&feature=youtu.be


[1] Prof. Beverley Hunt Interview in Thrombosis UK Video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTjkcfVrLUg&feature=youtu.be

[2] Clinical Guidance on the Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19,” published on 5/27/20 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (JTH)


[1] “Clinical Guidance on the Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19,” published on 5/27/20 in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (JTH)

 

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