Coronavirus and varicose veins: what we know about the effects of covid on circulation

  • André Biernath – @andre_biernath
  • From BBC News Brazil to London

A medical professional analyzes the legs of a person suffering from varicose veins

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Almost 40% of Brazilians have varicose veins, a condition characterized by swelling and deformation of the superficial veins that usually appear in the legs.

The days when covid-19 was considered only a respiratory disease are over. Nowadays, there is a consensus among experts that the repercussions of coronavirus infection are not limited to the lungs and can affect many other parts of the body, especially the blood vessels.

The risk of developing thrombosis – the formation of clots in veins and arteries that can block blood flow and interrupt the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to organs – is much higher in infected patients, especially those who have more serious conditions that need treatment. in the intensive care unit (ICU).

And, according to experts heard by BBC News Brasil, the likelihood of having this vascular complication during or after covid increases a little more in people who have varicose veins, a condition marked by the dilation and deformation of the most superficial veins. legs .

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