Staying on usual drugs helps hypertension patients survive Covid-19 – study

Staying on usual drugs helps hypertension patients survive Covid-19 – study

  • Findings contradict earlier fears that pills for high blood pressure could worsen disease

Blood pressure medicine improves survival rates from Covid-19 in people with hypertension, according to research that contradicts earlier fears the pills could make the disease worse.

The risk of critical illness or death from Covid for people with high blood pressure was found to be significantly lower if they were taking angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB).

Researchers from the Norwich medical school at the University of East Anglia (UEA) looked at the effect of taking the common medications on coronavirus patients with a range of conditions.

Those with high blood pressure – a group known to be at greater risk from the illness – who were taking the drugs were 0.67 times less likely to have a critical or fatal outcome than those who were not, the study concluded.