A new study has revealed that the coronavirus attacks the lining of blood vessels all over the body, which can ultimately lead to multiple organ failure.
Author of the new study, Dr Frank Ruschitzka, says that the virus not only attacks the lungs but also all the blood vessels. This is after researchers found viral elements within endothelial cells, which line the inside of blood vessels, and inflammatory cells in COVID-19 patients. The study also revealed that the deadly virus caused more than pneumonia
It enters the endothelium [layer of cells], which is the defence line of the blood vessels. So it brings your own defence down and causes problems in the microcirculation
From what we do see clinically, patients have problems in all organs – in the heart, kidney, intestinge, everywhere.
According to him, this explained why smokers and people with pre-existing conditions who had a weakened endothelial function or unhealthy blood vessels, were more vulnerable to the virus.
Despite the findings being based on the analysis of three cases, Dr Ruschitzka said autopsies on other COVID-19 patients had also found their blood vessel linings were “full of the virus” and the function of vessels was impaired in all of their organs.
The doctor now suggests strengthening vascular health may be key to treating COVID-19 patients.
All patients who are at risk and the elderly should be treated very well for the underlying cardiovascular conditions. The better they are treated, the more likely they are to survive the Covid-19 infection,