Scare on antihypertensives and COVID-19 slapped down

Researchers have been criticised for suggesting patients with chronic disease are at increased risk if taking certain drugs

Leading cardiologists have swiftly condemned a suggestion to substitute widely used antihypertensives with other drugs following claims they increase the risk of “severe and fatal” coronavirus infection.

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In a letter to the Lancet Respiratory Medicine European researchers say patients with heart disease or diabetes on ACEIs and ARBs could reduce their risk by switching to alternative medication, such as calcium-channel blockers.

However, major cardiac societies in Europe and the US have rejected the advice and warned that

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