COVID19: More Of A Vascular Disease Than Respiratory?

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COVID-19, its symptoms and after-effects have not only got us confused but the doctors too. Since the beginning, doctors were confused whether COVID19 is only a respiratory disease or is connected to other health issues. After all this time and researches, the doctors have come to a conclusion, COVID19 is not a respiratory disease.

Here Is What The Doctors Say About COVID19

After a few months of struggle, In April doctors finally identified why the recovered patients were mysteriously dying. After detailed research and autopsies, the cause of death in many patients was the same. The similarity amongst them happened to be blood clots emerging as one of the many mysterious symptoms attributed to Covid-19, a disease that initially thought to largely affect the lungs like pneumonia.

Right after the research came out and doctors started paying attention towards the vascular issue, another issue joined in. Known as COVID toes, in which the toes turn into painful red ones.

What do all of these symptoms have in common? A blood circulation impairment. Additionally, 40% of deaths from COVID19 recorded in the last few months are related to cardiovascular complications. This disease starts to look like a vascular infection instead of a purely respiratory one.

As we’re months into this situation, doctors are learning about it every passing day and the studies show growing evidence to support the theory that the novel coronavirus can infect blood vessels, which can lead towards the high prevalence of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks.

How It Happens

A team of researchers we studying and came to the conclusion that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can infect the inside line of blood vessels. These vessels are the ones who are responsible to protect our cardiovascular system and prevents blood clotting. The researches show that COVID19 damages these linings in our blood vessels which becomes a cause of damage to our cells in the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, and intestines.

The Good News

Here is the best thing about this situation is that if COVID19 is a vascular disease, there are existing drugs that can help protect against endothelial cell damage. Nearly 9,000 people with COVID19, showed recovery and a great ratio of survival with the use of vascular drugs. There are a few drugs that reduce the risk of heart attacks not only by lowering cholesterol or preventing plaque, they also stabilize existing plaque, meaning they’re less likely to rupture if someone is on the drugs.

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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