An analysis of the electronic medical records of more than 45.000 personas has revealed that infection by Covid-19 is significantly associated with the development of arterial hypertensionaccording to the first research related to this area published in the American Heart Association journal ‘Hypertension.
“Although Covid-19 is usually More serious in patients with pre-existing high blood pressure, including higher rates of hospitalization and mortality compared with people with normal blood pressure, it is unknown whether the virus SARS-CoV-2 may trigger the development of high blood pressure or worsen pre-existing high blood pressure,” said the study’s lead author. Tim Q. DuongProfessor of Radiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System, New York.
According to the ACC/AHA Guide 2017 For the prevention, detection, evaluation, and management of hypertension in adults, hypertension is classified as having upper and lower numbers greater than or equal to 130/80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg).
Health data from the electronic medical records of the Montefiore Health System in the Bronx, New York, which serves a large and racially and ethnically diverse population, were analyzed.
The study included 45,398 people with Covid-19 (hospitalized between March 1, 2020 and February 20, 2022) and 13,864 people with flu without Covid-19 (hospitalized between January 2018 and February 20, 2022) who returned to the hospital system for any medical reason in a mean follow-up period of six months.