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COVID-19 linked to increased risk of blood clots months later, study finds

Those with mild COVID-19 not requiring hospitalization had a threefold increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and a sevenfold increased risk of pulmonary embolism. Photo: Pexels

(Brooklyn Neustaeter/ CTV News) — A new study out of Sweden has found that those who contract COVID-19 have an increased risk of certain types of blood clots, which can be fatal, up to six months after infection.

The observational study, published Thursday in the British Medical Journal, reports an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot in the leg, up to three months after COVID-19 infection; pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in the lung, up to six months later and a “bleeding event” up to two months. (…)