If you’ve been prescribed medication for high blood pressure, you may be relieved to know that your medication may offer some protection against severe COVID-19, a new study reported in Reuters last week.
While patients with high blood pressure had twice the risk of death from COVID-19, patients who took medication to control their blood pressure had a significant lower risk of death than those not being treated for hypertension. This study included 2,900 patients admitted in two months to a hospital in Wuhan, China.
“Our main message is that if you have been prescribed medication for your high blood pressure, you should continue to take the medication. Also, while there is evidence to suggest these medications can reduce the severity of COVID-19 complications, they are not a cure for the virus,” said Ram Khattri Chettri, MBA-HCM, MS, MATS, FNP-C, RN, Service Line Administrator, Heart and Vascular Services.
If you have any questions regarding your blood pressure medications, contact your primary care provider.
Goshen Heart & Vascular Center is open and seeing patients both in-office and virtually! Cardiac Rehabilitation will begin scheduling patients June 22.