3. Blood Clots in Lungs
Another warning sign of COVID-19 in the blood is when blood clots are found in the lungs. Called a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in the lung can block essential oxygen flow to major organs and be life-threatening. African-American patients seem to be highly susceptible to the lung clots linked to coronavirus, mainly found in the capillaries and smaller blood vessels. Most people that have developed these lung clots also have pre-existing conditions contributing to the severity of their COVID-19 symptoms.
2. Heart Damage and Heart Attack
An alarming warning sign of COVID-19 in the blood is having a heart attack or developing heart damage. Blood clots are again a large part of the issue. They can cause blockages in blood vessels that hinder the heart’s ability to function fully and properly. It’s also alarming how common heart damage from COVID-19 blood clots and inflammation has become. Even people without underlying heart conditions could find themselves developing some form of heart damage during or after recovery from the virus.
It’s shocking enough that having a stroke could mean COVID-19 is in your blood, but it’s even more shocking that coronavirus-related strokes are happening in people under 50. According to Loma Linda University Health, COVID-19 strokes have stricken people as young as 30 years old. Loma Linda University Health neurosurgeon, Dr. Miguel Lopez-Gonzalez, M.D., explained that buildup of plaque from coronavirus inflammation mainly causes stroke risk for people over 65, but can lead strokes in younger people, too. Stroke symptoms include sudden difficulty speaking, confusion, and weakness in the limbs and face.Related: 15 Stroke Signs Women Tend to Overlook