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How could high blood pressure raise my risk for coronavirus?

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A weaker immune system is one reason people with high blood pressure and other health problems are at higher risk for coronavirus. Long-term health conditions and aging weaken your immune system so it's less able to fight off the virus. Nearly two-thirds of people over 60 have high blood pressure.

SOURCES:

American College of Cardiology: "ACC Clinical Bulletin Focuses on Cardiac Implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19)," "COVID-19 Clinical Guidance for the Cardiovascular Care Team," "HFSA/ACC/ACA Statement Addresses Concerns Re: Using RAAS Antagonists in COVID-19."

American Heart Association: "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to a Heart Attack," "What heart patients should know about coronavirus."

CDC: "Hypertension Prevalence and Control Among Adults: United States, 2015 – 2016," "Transcript - CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19."

European Society of Cardiology: "Position Statement of the ESC Council on Hypertension on ACE-Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers."

Istitute Superiore di Sanita (ISS): "Report sulle caratteristiche dei pazienti deceduti positivi a COVID-19 in Italia Il presente report è basato sui dati aggiornati al 17 Marzo 2020."

Journal of the American College of Cardiology : "Cardiovascular considerations for patients, health care workers, and health systems during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic."

Mayo Clinic: "Myocarditis."

Science Media Centre: "Expert reaction to questions about high blood pressure, diabetes, and ACE inhibitor drugs, and risk of COVID-19 infection."

The Lancet : "Are patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus at increased risk for COVID-19 infection?"

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 20, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Cardiology: "ACC Clinical Bulletin Focuses on Cardiac Implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19)," "COVID-19 Clinical Guidance for the Cardiovascular Care Team," "HFSA/ACC/ACA Statement Addresses Concerns Re: Using RAAS Antagonists in COVID-19."

American Heart Association: "How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to a Heart Attack," "What heart patients should know about coronavirus."

CDC: "Hypertension Prevalence and Control Among Adults: United States, 2015 – 2016," "Transcript - CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19."

European Society of Cardiology: "Position Statement of the ESC Council on Hypertension on ACE-Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers."

Istitute Superiore di Sanita (ISS): "Report sulle caratteristiche dei pazienti deceduti positivi a COVID-19 in Italia Il presente report è basato sui dati aggiornati al 17 Marzo 2020."

Journal of the American College of Cardiology : "Cardiovascular considerations for patients, health care workers, and health systems during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic."

Mayo Clinic: "Myocarditis."

Science Media Centre: "Expert reaction to questions about high blood pressure, diabetes, and ACE inhibitor drugs, and risk of COVID-19 infection."

The Lancet : "Are patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus at increased risk for COVID-19 infection?"

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 20, 2020

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