Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are medications that lower blood pressure, reduce strain on your heart, and improve blood flow by relaxing your blood vessels.
Recent studies show that ACE2 receptors may be the point of entry for the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. So, some have speculated about whether ACE inhibitors or ARBs increase the risk for infection. However, there is not enough data available to answer that question.
But, people with heart disease do appear to have a higher chance of getting COVID-19. For now, the best advice is to wash hands frequently, avoid sick people, practice social distancing, continue taking any prescribed cardiac medications, and remain physically active.
Learn more about chronic conditions and COVID-19 from President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Navarra Rodriguez’ interview with News12: