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Researchers found patients with Long COVID have higher measures of blood clotting

DUBLIN: A new study has found that patients with Long COVID continue to have higher measures of blood clotting. According to researchers at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, who led the study, the condition can cause persistent symptoms such as reduced physical fitness and fatigue.

Long COVID is a condition that lasts for weeks or months after the initial infection, and is estimated to affect millions of people around the world.

Dr Helen Fogarty, the study’s lead author said: “Long COVID is a new condition and very little was known about it to date and really it’s a collection of symptoms in patients who have recently had COVID-19 and it’s quite a heterogenous bunch of symptoms.

“It includes things like reduced physical fitness, shortness of breath, fatigue and these symptoms can last weeks and many months after their acute illness of COVID-19.

“While doctors have made significant gains in the acute COVID-19 illness, much less is known about Long COVID Syndrome, which is now estimated to affect millions of people worldwide.”

Dr Fogarty and his team examined 50 individuals with Long COVID to determine whether abnormal blood clotting is involved. Their study was published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

“Because clotting markers were elevated while inflammation markers had returned to normal, our results suggest that the clotting system may be involved in the root cause of Long Covid syndrome,” said Dr Fogarty.

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