Richard Becker, MD, director of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, discussed the impact COVID-19 is having on the lungs and cardiovascular system of patients during an interview with MedPage Today. Becker’s recent research publication on of COVID-19-associate coagulopathy in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis was also cited.
COVID-19 lungs in deceased showed severe endothelial injury associated with the presence of intracellular virus and disrupted cell membranes. This evidence of virus in endothelial cells “suggests there is a direct cause and effect for the virus in this very profound inflammatory response and thrombosis response,” explains Becker, also a UC Health cardiologist during his interview with Medpage Today.
Becker was also featured discussing blood clots and COVID-19 on a segment on Cincinnati’s Local 12 News.
Featured image at top: Richard Becker, MD, (center) shown with colleague. Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand.