Eur Cardiol. 2020 Aug 7;15:e58. doi: 10.15420/ecr.2020.24. eCollection 2020 Feb.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has become a global pandemic. SARS-CoV-2 binds to the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 receptor, which is abundantly expressed in vascular endothelial cells and damages these cells. Besides pneumonia-induced respiratory failure, thrombotic cardiovascular complications are increasingly emerging as a major COVID-19 symptom. Multiple retrospective studies have strongly suggested that anticoagulant therapy improves the prognosis of people with COVID-19. However, validation of the safety and effectiveness of anticoagulant therapy for COVID-19 and greater awareness of this clinical therapeutic option are urgently needed.