Nearly two-thirds of people over the age of 60 have high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, it’s a good idea to take extra precautions during the COVID-19 outbreak. Early research from Italy has shown that people with high blood pressure are more likely are at greater risk than those that don’t.
What’s the link?
A weaker immune system is one reason people with high blood pressure and other health problems are at higher risk for coronavirus. Long-term health conditions and aging weaken your immune system so it’s less able to fight off the virus. Until more research comes out, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend that you keep taking your blood pressure medicine as prescribed so that you do not raise your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Other things that you can do, and everyone even without hypertension can do, to prepare for COVID-19:
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