COVID-19 infection increases risk of blood clots for one year: Study

Updated: Sep 21 2022 1:51PM

London, Sep 21 (PTI) Infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus increases the risk of potentially life-threatening blood clots for at least 49 weeks, according to a study conducted in the UK.

The research, published recently in the journal Circulation, found that in the first week following a COVID-19 diagnosis, people were 21 times more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke, conditions mainly caused by blood clots in arteries.

After 4 weeks, the likelihood dropped to 3.9 times, according to the study.