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Are you taking an ACE inhibitor or ARB for your blood pressure or heart failure during the pandemic? Please continue to do so. You might be better off.

2020-04-06

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This New England Journal of Medicine article explains the confusion surrounding the use of certain medications for treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure: ACE (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) inhibitors and ARBs (Angiotensin Receptor Blockers).  Despite theoretical concerns about these drugs, the article states that they might actually be beneficial in patients infected with SARS-COV-2.  There is no certainty on this issue; for the present, patients are advised to continue taking their medications as they are beneficial for treating chronic conditions which are not going to go away.  There is preliminary evidence that the drugs actually reduce inflammation during a COVID episode.

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