Medication for high blood pressure could improve Covid-19 survival rates and reduce the severity of the infection in patients with hypertension, a new study suggests.
Researchers studied 28,000 patients taking antihypertensives, a class of drugs that are used to treat hypertension.
They found that the risk of severe Covid-19 illness and death was reduced for patients with high blood pressure who were taking Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB).
According to the study published in Current Atherosclerosis Reports, Covid-19 patients with high blood pressure who were taking the medications were 0.67 times less likely to have a critical or fatal outcome than those who were not.
Lead researcher Dr Vassilios Vassiliou, from the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School, said: “We know that patients with cardiovascular diseases are at particular risk of severe Covid-19 infection.
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