Antihypertensive drugs may reduce corona mortality in high-risk patients

A new study finds there is less or equal risk of contracting the deadly coronavirus disease in hypertensive patients, depending on the type of drug they are taking.

The study, published on the pre-print site, showed medRxiv * In November, previous recommendations for the necessity of continuing antihypertensive drugs in these patients before and during infection with the Coronavirus were necessary.

Evidence to date indicates that advanced age and the presence of cardiovascular disease both increase the risk of serious disease in patients COVID-19.


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The current paper describes an attempt to add more data through a retrospective multicenter study in France, which included nearly 3,700 patients in 39 hospitals in Greater Paris, and all adults with one or more positive viral RNA tests, and all were followed for 30 years. A day or more.

The average age of the patient was 75 years, 57% were male, and about a quarter of the participants were not taking any antihypertensive drug.

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In this group, there were approximately 850 deaths, which is a quarter of the group, from all causes, during the 30-day follow-up period. Most of the deaths occurred among older patients, and were more than males, as well as the incidence of chronic diseases at a higher frequency, with the exception of obesity and respiratory diseases..

The current study is among the largest studies with hypertension COVID-19. Their findings exclude any link between the use of antihypertensive drugs and an increased risk of death in hospital. Moreover, the study supports a protective effect of these drugs in these patients.

Since high blood pressure in itself is a risk factor for a bad outcome in COVID-19 The expected benefit from these drugs is negligible.

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But more studies may be needed to support this conclusion, but the results are encouraging, according to the team, as there is no clear relationship between the use of drugs that lower blood pressure and an increased risk of death in hospitalized patients with diabetes. COVID-19 And high blood pressure.

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