24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
Fax: (361)578-5500

Medical Disorders
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
AHA News: Inherited High Cholesterol May Be Common in People With Heart DiseaseDVT Clots Strike Many Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients: StudyYour Eyewear and COVID-19 SafetyPandemic Having More Impact on U.S. Hospitals Than Thought: StudyBig Need for Blood Donations as Postponed Surgeries ResumeAs Hard-Hit Areas of America Show Slowing in Coronavirus Cases, Other Regions See SpikesHydroxychloroquine May Worsen Odds for Cancer Patients With COVID-191 in 10 Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients With Diabetes Dies: StudyAHA News: How Bacteria in Your Gut Interact With the Mind and BodyMusic Might Help Soothe Ailing HeartsCould an Injected Electrode Control Your Pain Without Drugs?100,000 Dead, 40 Million Unemployed: America Hits Grim Pandemic MilestonesFDA Approves IV Artesunate for Severe Malaria'Silent' COVID-19 More Widespread Than ThoughtDrug Combos May Be Advance Against Heart FailurePollen Fragments Linger After Rains, Leaving Allergy Sufferers MiserableA New Hip or Knee Can Do a Marriage Good, Study FindsOnly Half of Americans Say They'd Get a Coronavirus Vaccine: SurveyAlzheimer's Gene Linked to Severe COVID-19 RiskCoronavirus Cases Ticking Upwards in Nearly a Dozen U.S. StatesLockdown Got You Down? Experts Offer Tips to De-StressCould a Hormone Help Spur High Blood Pressure?Nursing Homes Are Ground Zero for COVID-19Getting Back to Work Safely After LockdownRemdesivir Will Not Be Enough to Curb COVID-19, Study FindsOutdoor Swimming Pools Not a COVID-19 Risk: ExpertStrokes Are Deadlier When They Hit COVID-19 PatientsAHA News: How to Accurately Measure Blood Pressure at HomeU.S. Earmarks $1.2 Billion for New Vaccine Deal as Coronavirus Deaths Near 95,000During the Pandemic, How Safe Is the Great American Summer Vacation?COVID-19 Damages Lungs Differently From the Flu: StudyMore Evidence Hydroxychloroquine Won't Help, May Harm COVID-19 PatientsYour Sleep Habits May Worsen Your AsthmaExtra Pounds Could Bring More Painful JointsCOVID Can Complicate Pregnancy, Especially If Mom Is ObeseWHO Predicts COVID-19 Will Take Heavy Toll in AfricaCombining Remdesivir With Other Meds Could Boost COVID-Fighting PowerMultiple Sclerosis Ups Odds for Heart Trouble, StrokeAHA News: Not Wanting to Burden Busy Hospitals, She Disregarded Heart Attack SignsExperimental Vaccines Shield Monkeys From CoronavirusHeart Attack Cases at ERs Fall by Half – Are COVID Fears to Blame?Asthma Ups Ventilator Needs of Younger Adults With COVID-19: Study1 in 5 Hospitalized NYC COVID-19 Patients Needed ICU CareObesity Ups Odds for Dangerous Lung Clots in COVID-19 PatientsDoes 6 Feet Provide Enough COVID Protection?COVID-19 Antibodies May Tame Inflammatory Condition in Kids: StudyAs Americans Return to Work, How Will COVID Change the Workplace?COVID and Hypochondria: Online Therapy May Help Ease FearsAHA News: Is High Blood Pressure Inevitable?People Mount Strong Immune Responses to Coronavirus, Boding Well for a Vaccine
Questions and AnswersLinks
Related Topics


Heart Patients Need to Be Wary of Coronavirus

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Apr 2nd 2020

new article illustration

THURSDAY, April 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- People with high blood pressure and heart disease may be vulnerable to complications from COVID-19, heart experts say.

Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

Based on current knowledge, seniors "with coronary heart disease or high blood pressure may be more susceptible to the coronavirus and more likely to develop more severe symptoms. That means it's vital to follow guidance about keeping other conditions well-controlled and maintaining good health and hygiene," the AHA said in a news release.

Data from Wuhan, China, show a 10.5% death rate among people with COVID-19 who also have heart disease, 7.3% among those with diabetes, 6.3% among those with respiratory disease and 6% for those with high blood pressure.

Some people wonder if blood pressure or heart medications could make people with COVID-19 sicker, so the AHA, Heart Failure Society of America and American College of Cardiology recently issued guidelines.

Don't stop taking prescribed angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blocker (ARB) medications for high blood pressure, heart failure or heart disease, the guidelines said.

These medications don't increase the risk of contracting COVID-19 and are crucial in maintaining blood pressure levels to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and worsening heart disease.

Heart disease patients with COVID-19 should be evaluated by their health care provider before stopping or adding medications, the guidelines added. Any changes to medication should be based on the latest scientific evidence and shared decision-making.

Some over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and supplements can raise blood pressure, including common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain medicines, such as naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and also decongestants.

People with heart problems should avoid or limit use of these drugs, especially if their blood pressure is uncontrolled. OTC drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) are less likely to increase blood pressure. Ask your doctor about OTC medicines.

People taking prescription medications for mental health, corticosteroids, birth control pills, immunosuppressants and some cancer medications should monitor their blood pressure to make sure it's under control, the AHA advises.

Too much alcohol and caffeine can boost blood pressure, and people with high blood pressure should avoid or limit their intake of both.

Some so-called natural supplements and home remedies might not be safe. For example, licorice herbal supplements can raise blood pressure, the group said.

The AHA also recommends that people with high blood pressure and heart disease have enough prescription medications to last for a prolonged period, or see if they can get a larger supply than normal.

Mail-order may be available for people who can't or don't want to leave home to get their medications.

It's also important to keep follow-up medical appointments. Some doctors' offices offer virtual visits when feasible.

More information

The American Heart Association has more on the new coronavirus.