ACE Inhibitors Not a Risk Factor for #COVID19 #Coronavirus

Probably at little risk of serious illness if she’s generally healthy

Early on in this pandemic, there was concern that people taking ACE inhibitor drugs for hypertension would be more prone to infection from the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. From two new studies in NEJM:

In this large, population-based study, the use of ACE inhibitors and ARBs was more frequent among patients with Covid-19 than among controls because of their higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease. However, there was no evidence that ACE inhibitors or ARBs affected the risk of COVID-19.

Source: Renin–Angiotensin–Aldosterone System Blockers and the Risk of Covid-19 | NEJM

We found no substantial increase in the likelihood of a positive test for Covid-19 or in the risk of severe Covid-19 among patients who tested positive in association with five common classes of antihypertensive medications [including ACE inhibitors and ARBs].



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