Since the start of the pandemic, we have been discussing comorbidities that heighten your risk of serious infection.
We’ve also focused heavily on conditions we can control.
Because these underlying risk factors affect our health no matter what viruses are circulating.
Of course, when it comes to COVID-19 specifically, evidence shows that a full course of the vaccine will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill.
But now, one underlying risk factor is proving to be especially dangerous.
In fact, it could SKYROCKET risk of a SEVERE COVID-19 infection…
Even among those who are fully vaccinated (and boosted)!
A new prominent risk factor
Researchers looked at 912 adults who received at least three doses of a COVID vaccine and later tested positive. Out of that group, just 16 percent required hospitalization.
BUT—86 percent of the hospitalized group had high blood pressure (hypertension).
And that should be quite the wake-up call. Especially since nearly half adult Americans suffer from hypertension.
Plus, previous research has shown an association between high blood pressure and an increased risk for developing COVID-19 in the first place.
Of course, this is something that has changed over the pandemic’s progression. When COVID-19 first came to the scene, many conditions were shown to increase risk for more severe illness—hypertension was just one of those factors.
Now, it seems to be the No. 1 co-factor for hospitalization!
That means knowing your blood pressure—and addressing it if it’s high—is an imperative, simple step to take for your health.
Individualize your range
Vaccines and boosters appear to have equalized, if not minimized, the risks of severe COVID infection for some of us.
But as this study shows… not for everyone. And underlying risk factors play a vital role—even against the milder Omicron variant.
In fact, vaccinated and boosted adults with hypertension were still over twice as likely to be hospitalized after getting infected with Omicron.
Now, as a public health professional, it’s important for me to be able to identify not only those who are at high-risk for COVID, but for any disease.
And addressing our country’s hypertension crisis is top of that list.
Of course, many mainstream physicians aim for tight blood pressure targets. But for some, pushing blood pressure too low can be just as dangerous as it being too high.
So, don’t allow your doctor to treat you as a number. Every medical decision you make together should be tailored to your needs and your history.
For more advice about how to prevent and reverse some of America’s biggest killers—including high blood pressure—I encourage you to check out my Ultimate Heart Protection Protocol. Click here now to learn more!
Until next time,
“Hypertension heightens risk for severe COVID-19, even in the fully vaxxed.” MDEdge, 07/26/2022. (mdedge.com/endocrinology/article/256467/hypertension/hypertension-heightens-risk-severe-covid-19-even-fully)