FACT FINDER: Taking blood pressure medication during the COVID-19 outbreak

KOLD FACT FINDER: Taking blood pressure meds during COVID-19 outbreak

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Should I stop taking my blood pressure medication amid the coronavirus outbreak? That’s a viewer question our Fact Finders are tackling.

If you take blood pressure-lowering medicine, keep taking it unless your doctor says otherwise. That’s what the American Heart Association is saying.

More specifically, they say you should not stop taking any prescribed ACE-inhibitor or ARBs medication for high blood pressure, heart failure, or heart disease. They say these medications aren’t known to put you at additional risk of getting COVID-19 but they are vital to reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, the American Heart Association says, whether you continue with your heart medication will be up to your doctor and the latest information they are learning about the virus.

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