As several scientific studies have shown, many patients go on to experience different health problems after recovering from COVID-19, and some of the symptoms they experience may linger for months. Now, new research finds that, SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection is also significantly associated with the development of arterial hypertension People who have not had this situation before.
“Although patients with high blood pressure generally experience more severe illness from COVID-19, including higher rates of hospitalization and death, than those with normal blood pressure, it is unclear whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus trigger the development of high blood pressure, arterial hypertension, or worsen pre-existing high blood pressure,” states Tim Q. YoungProfessor of Radiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System in New York, and lead author of the study.
The study authors analyzed the electronic medical records of 45,398 COVID-19 patients hospitalized between March 1, 2020, and February 20, 2022, and 13,864 COVID-free patients hospitalized between January and February 20, 2018. Electronic medical records of influenza patients -19, 2022, who return to the hospital system for any medical reason during an average follow-up period of six months.
“At-risk patients should be screened for hypertension after COVID-19 for early detection and treatment of associated complications”
This analysis shows that, 21% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 11% were not hospitalized due to illness By comparison, 16 percent of people hospitalized with the flu had high blood pressure, and 4 percent of those who weren’t hospitalized with the flu had high blood pressure. In addition, people hospitalized with Covid-19 were more than twice as likely to have sustained high blood pressure compared to those hospitalized and not hospitalized with the flu.
Certain treatments increase the risk of sustained high blood pressure
The analysis also showed that the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 was lower among people older than 40 years old who were infected with SARS-CoV-2, were black adults, or had pre-existing medical conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery disease, or chronic renal failure. Higher risk of arterial hypertension. also, persistent hypertension More common in people with SARS-CoV-2 infection who have received treatment Vasopressor and corticosteroid therapy During the epidemic.
“Given the large number of people affected by Covid-19 compared to influenza, these statistics are alarming and show that More patients may develop high blood pressure in the futurewhich could impose a significant burden on public health,” Duong said.
“These findings should raise awareness of screening patients at risk of hypertension after COVID-19 disease for earlier identification and treatment of associated complications,” the expert added.
The authors note that the people in the study were primarily from people with low socioeconomic status, which may increase your chances of developing high blood pressure after contracting Covid-19.The results of his research were published in hypertensionJournal of the American Heart Association.