High Blood Pressure Drugs and Coronavirus

The Corona epidemic, which affected the whole world and our country and brought life to a standstill, brought many discussions with it. At the beginning of these, Corona, also known as Covid-19 infection is more severe in patients using blood pressure drugs called ACE inhibitors (ACEI) and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB).

Why did this view arise? As it is known, Covid-19 makes its deadliest damage through the lungs, and a significant part of the patients die because of this. In previous studies, it was shown that the Corona virus group, which includes Covid-19, enters the lung cells through an enzyme called ACE2. At the beginning of the epidemic, some authors suggested that the above-mentioned ACEI and ARB group drugs increased the activity of this enzyme, so the infection progressed more severely in patients using these drugs. This opinion fell like a bomb in the medical community, and after it was published on news channels and social media, a great panic broke out among those who used these drugs. Millions of people worldwide with hypertension, heart disease and kidney disease use these drugs.

Of course, on this speculative view, the leading institutions of the world have published statements and stated that this information is wrong and that patients should use their medicines.

Three studies published in the famous New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on May 1, 2020 have clarified this issue. The researchers who conducted all three studies are scientists who work at the world’s leading universities on hypertension and heart. According to the results of these studies, it has been determined that drugs in the ACEI and ARB groups do not pose any risk in Covid-19 infections. In a study, five different groups of blood pressure drugs were investigated and it was shown that they did not pose any risk.

As a result, hypertension and heart patients can use their drugs with peace of mind. These drugs do not pose a risk in terms of aggravating the Corona infection.

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