Incidence of Venous Thromboembolism and Mortality in Patients with Initial Presentation of COVID-19

  • Authors
  • Alex C. Spyropoulos
  • Dimitrios Giannis
  • Eugenia Gianos
  • Jamie S. Hirsch
  • Kevin Coppa
  • Mark Goldin
  • Martin Lesser
  • Matthew A. Barish
  • Nina Kohn
  • Northwell COVID-19 Research Consortium
  • Saurav Chatterjee
  • Stuart L. Cohen
  • Thomas McGinn
  • Published
  • Journal of Thrombosis and thrombolysis


Venous thromboembolism (VTE) has emerged as an important issue in patients with COVID-19. The purpose of this study is to identify the incidence of VTE and mortality in COVID-19 patients initially presenting to a large health system. Our retrospective study included adult patients (excluding patients presenting with obstetric/gynecologic conditions) across a multihospital health system in the New York Metropolitan Region from March 1-April 27, 2020. VTE and mortality rates within 8 h of assessment were described. In 10,871 adults with COVID-19, 118 patients (1.09%) were diagnosed with symptomatic VTE (101 pulmonary embolism, 17 deep vein thrombosis events) and 28 patients (0.26%) died during initial assessment. Among these 146 patients, 64.4% were males, 56.8% were 60 years or older, 15.1% had a BMI > 35, and 11.6% were admitted to the intensive care unit. Comorbidities included hypertension (46.6%), diabetes (24.7%), hyperlipidemia (14.4%), chronic lung disease (12.3%), coronary artery disease (11.0%), and prior VTE (7.5%). Key medications included corticosteroids (22.6%), statins (21.2%), antiplatelets (20.6%), and anticoagulants (20.6%). Highest D-Dimer was greater than six times the upper limit of normal in 51.4%. Statin and antiplatelet use were associated with decreased VTE or mortality (each p < 0.01). In COVID-19 patients who initially presented to a large multihospital health system, the overall symptomatic VTE and mortality rate was over 1.0%. Statin and antiplatelet use were associated with decreased VTE or mortality. The potential benefits of antithrombotics in high risk COVID-19 patients during the pre-hospitalization period deserves study.

  • Keywords
  • Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19)
  • Thrombosis
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Outpatient