A new Chinese study has shown that patients with hypertension are at a higher risk of dying from coronavirus.
Researchers at the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that as many as 50 percent of those with high blood pressure die from the new virus compared to healthy infected people.
There are currently around 80 million people in the US – one in three – who suffer from high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.
So what can you do if you fall ill to lower your chances of becoming critically ill?
Doctors say you need to make sure you take your medication regularly (and get supplies in case of shortages!) And exercise to strengthen your heart muscles.
In general, coronavirus patients with high blood pressure have a death rate of six percent, according to a study published last month (file image)
In the US, more than 670 people have been infected in at least 34 states and 26 people – in California, Florida and Washington – have died
A previous one study discovered that patients with underlying conditions had higher mortality rates – 10.5 percent for people with cardiovascular disease, 7.3 percent for diabetes, 6.3 percent for chronic respiratory diseases, six percent for hypertension and 5.6 percent for cancer.
But for the new study, researchers examined 170 patients who died in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, Bloomberg reported.
Almost 50 percent of those patients had hypertension.
“That’s a very high ratio,” Dr. said. Du Bin, director of intensive care at the Beijing Union Medical College Hospital, against Bloomberg.
“According to what other doctors have told me and the data I can see myself, hypertension is an important dangerous factor among all underlying diseases.”
So far, there are no studies that explain why this is the case, but many coronavirus patients with uncontrollable blood pressure are in serious need before they die.
More than 110,000 people worldwide are infected and more than 3,800 people have died
“We believe that hypertension can be an important factor in deteriorating patients, leading to a poor prognosis,” Dr. said. Du against Bloomberg.
A study published linked respiratory diseases with high blood pressure in the lungs last year.
Researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia looked at patients with pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure that affects the lungs.
These conditions occur when small blood vessels in the lungs become narrowed or blocked, which can be exacerbated by a respiratory disease such as COVID-19.
It can also weaken the heart, so exercise regularly to strengthen your heart muscles.
A new study found that among patients in Wuhan the mortality rate among patients with coroan virus is as high as 50%. Pictured: Medical personnel take care of a patient in critical condition at a hospital in Wuhan, China, March 1
Doctors recommend regularly taking your blood pressure medication and exercise to strengthen the heart muscles. Pictured: A patient is being loaded into an ambulance at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, March 9
In the US, more than 50 percent of 80 million adults with hypertension are people aged 60 and over.
That is the same age at which an increasing risk of the disease starts and it only continues with age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Officials encouraged the elderly to stock up on food and medicine and to prevent them from going out if the corona virus spread.
“Have supplies at your fingertips, such as routine blood pressure and diabetes medications, and freely available medications and medical supplies to treat fever and other symptoms,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, in a call to reporters on Monday.
More than 111,000 worldwide have been infected in more than 100 countries and more than 3,800 people have died.
In the US, more than 670 people have been infected in at least 34 states and 26 people – in California, Texas and Washington – have died.
Several colleges throughout the country – including the University of Washington, Columbia, Fordham and Princeton – have canceled personal lessons and will give lessons online.