Per a new report, scientists are currently investigating as to whether there is a link between life-saving blood-pressure drugs and people who die from the coronavirus.
Do Blood-Pressure Drugs Accelerate The Coronavirus?
The new study as according to statistics, reveals a disproportionate number of COVID-19 patients who had been hospitalized were also suffering from high blood pressure. Furthermore, ACE inhibitors and ARBs, which are used as the main drug for the condition, affect the same pathways that the virus uses to enter both our lungs and heart.
As such, investigations are being made to see whether the drugs exacerbate the deadly viral disease, with America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, calling for more urgent research on the matter.
“There are millions of Americans that take an ACE inhibitor or AR daily. This is one of the most important clinical questions, and dozens of scientific teams working feverishly to put this question to bed,” Dr. Caleb Alexander, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness in Baltimore, said.
“What is possible is that people who are on ACE inhibitor … may be, without knowing it, increasing the expression of receptors for the virus, itself,” Fauci said, adding that one of the “red flags” that we should be taking note of is that 75 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in Italy were people suffering from hypertension.
“Why should someone who has hypertension that’s well controlled have a much greater chance of dying than somebody else with any other kind of underlying condition?” he asked.
Per studies, around 100 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, with around four-fifths of them needing prescription drugs for it. Because of this, some doctors temporarily avoid putting new patients on the drugs, as well as warn those who are on it to take extreme precautions, in order to avoid coronavirus infections.
Some, however, believe otherwise.
“Not only is there no compelling evidence that we should be discontinuing those medications, but there’s reason to think that doing so might actually cause harm,” Dr. Scott David Solomon, director of noninvasive cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said.
Nevertheless, more research is needed for now.