Blood Thinners Protect Patients with COVID-19 from Complications

Recent research by a team of researchers in the United Kingdom and the U.S. finds that patients with COVID-19 receiving heparin-based blood thinners in the first 24 hours after hospitalization have a lower risk of complications and death.Blood Thinners Protect Patients with COVID-19 from Complications

For their study, the researchers analyzed electronic health record data from veterans registered with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs who were admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 between March 1 and July 31, 2020.

The scientists write in their paper: “Receiving prophylactic anticoagulation was associated with a 27% decreased risk of death over the first 30 days, compared with receiving no anticoagulation. The evidence of benefit was strongest among patients not admitted to the [intensive care unit] within the first 24 hours of admission.”

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