There is a high prevalence of hypertension, with almost one in every three adult in India are living with it. Cardiovascular diseases remain the top cause of global mortality, with an estimated 31 % of deaths across Globe. Hypertension is one of the contributing factor to the same. Since the time COVID19 crisis had stuck, a fear which percolated was that people having hypertension, diabetes and cardio vascular diseases have challenge and are more susceptible to COVD19 and the possible death rate and was shared by media and people working in responding to COVID19 crisis.
Though true to an extent but had called for lots of fears among people living with hypertension. Recently new research which was published in the journal Current Atherosclerosis Reports, shares that 28,000 patients taking antihypertensives were studied and 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). The team doing research found that medication for high blood pressure could improve Covid-19 survival rates and reduce the severity of the infection.
As per statement quoted in media through IANS release it said that “At the start of the pandemic, there was concern that specific medications for high blood pressure could be linked with worse outcomes for Covid-19 patients,” said study lead author Vassilios Vassiliou from the University of East Anglia in the UK. “We wanted to find out what the impact of these medications is for people with Covid-19,” Vassiliou added. Therefore, the research team studied the outcomes for patients taking antihypertensives.
This research is new addition to information coming in on COVID19, however will help release bit of anxiety in people living with hypertension shares a patient living with hypertension and cardio vascular disease in Bhopal for years. “ At least bit of anxiety will go down, and help us to feel stronger against COVID19 crisis. For us since the time this crisis has emerged, it felt that people living with hypertension, cardio vascular disease and diabetes, this is worst thing to happen’ he added. The fear decreases but we will stick to preventive measures and take care of our well being, that doesn’t’ change however helps you fight the challenge at psychological level. For us it is not dead end, one can fight and win it.