Sunday, March 22, 2020

Early report: ARB and ACE inhibitor blood pressure drugs, which target receptor used by Coronavirus, may increase virus' mortality rate

This is a preliminary report from a Scottish doctor, and may turn out to be wrong later.  He has analyzed data from Italy on deaths, and concluded that those patients on ACE inhibitors or ARBs (which target ACE receptors, which are also used by coronavirus) had significantly higher death rates.

Because coronavirus disease is currently causing mortality rates upwards of 10% in Italy, I personally would switch to another BP medication if I were taking an ACE inhibitor (lisinopril, enalopril, captopril) or an ARB (losartan, valsartan, olmesartan, etc.)

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