High blood pressure or hypertension, a long-term medical condition affecting around forty-five percent of the U.S. nationals, sometimes called “silent killer,” as it may lead to early death with or without symptoms. However, according to new research, people with high blood pressure disease may have more chances of hospitalization and severe illness with the novel coronavirus.
New research shows that people with high blood pressure may be more likely to be hospitalized and become severely ill with the virus that causes COVID-19. https://t.co/S2mAjvOacB
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The normal blood pressure of a healthy person is 120/80 and people with greater than these figures are patients of high blood pressure. According to the latest studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Centers for Disease Control and the Lancet, the most common primary condition in hospitalized patients is hypertension or high blood pressure.
However, high blood pressure is quite common in U.S. nationals; in some analysis, an overwhelming number of patients with coronavirus is also facing hypertension. In one study, sixty-three patients with COVID-19 pandemic in the intensive care unit (ICU) had baseline high blood pressure.
COVID-19 can affect heart and blood vessels
Researchers are unsure why several hospitalized patients, especially patients in ICU with coronavirus, have underlying high blood pressure. Some experts say that as they learn more about the new illness, the subtle organ damage caused by hypertension might give these coronavirus patients an integral disadvantage in their fight against the pandemic.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that attacks the lungs and airways.
However, there are now numerous indications that the new coronavirus also attacks other organs on a massive scale and can severely affect the heart, blood vessels, nerves, brain, kidneys and skin.
— Aisha Khan (@aisha4climate) May 12, 2020
High Blood Pressure can have dangerous effects on several human body organs, including blood vessels, heart, brain, kidneys, and lungs. The medical analysts finding and learning more about COVID-19 found that the disease can also affect different body organs such as heart and blood vessels – alarming news for high blood pressure patients.
Pneumonia is the major and most common complication of the novel coronavirus, as it can damage the cardiovascular system. That is the reason people with hypertension, heart failure, and heart disease are more at risk than others, according to the medical director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and interventional cardiologist, Craig Smith.
Is every person with hypertension at risk?
All the patients of high blood pressure are not in the same position. Doctors themselves can make the distinction between controlled and uncontrolled high blood pressure patients by examining them individually. A patient with controlled high blood pressure could take a healthy medication of blood pressure or some other means. Whereas, other patients with uncontrolled hypertension still have blood pressure more than the healthy range.
Up to now, studies couldn’t discriminate between the controlled and uncontrolled high blood pressure. But according to Dr. Smith, uncontrolled hypertension might cause long term damage to kidneys and heart if a patient is also suffering from the coronavirus. Though, those people with controlled high blood pressure should not consider themselves from out of danger.
What will people suffering from hypertension do to stay safe from coronavirus?
During this time of COVID-19 outbreak, hypertension patients must get their routine medical checkups. Fear of getting infected from the virus while leaving the house may make it more challenging to get casual medical checkups. However, Telemedicine (a practice of caring for patients remotely) may be a good alternative option if a person fears to visit physician physically.
Furthermore, public health guidelines such as social distancing, hand washing, and wearing a mask are important for every person. While the person with hypertension should be more cautious for them because coronavirus infection may be more dangerous for them, one should also avoid hypertension among all these precautionary measures.
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