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Should I stop taking my high blood pressure medication because of the threat of coronavirus?

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Until more research comes out, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association recommend that you keep taking your high blood pressure medicine as prescribed.  Stopping these drugs could raise your risk for a heart attack or stroke, putting you in the hospital just as coronavirus cases are coming in.

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?"

Bimil Shah, M.D.,Livongo: "Tracking COVID-19’s Effect on the Nation’s High Blood Pressure, Aug 31, 2020"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 23, 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?"

Bimil Shah, M.D.,Livongo: "Tracking COVID-19’s Effect on the Nation’s High Blood Pressure, Aug 31, 2020"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 23, 2020

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