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Q. I have COVID-19, and my blood pressure is high for the past six days. Please help.

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 19, 2021

Hello doctor,

I have COVID-19 infection for the past six days, and I am taking tablet Ivermectin, tablet Doxycycline, Multivitamin tablets for five days. I did a CT scan and blood test yesterday. My chest scan is fine, but my BP is very high. It was 151/88 mm Hg three days back. Now it is 172/110 mm Hg. Also, the CRP value is very high in the blood test. I am taking the tablet Garoin for the past 20 years. Can you please tell me if I have to stop or add any medicines?

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1) Did you have high BP (blood pressure) before or recently developed?

2) Which anti-hypertensive medicine are you taking?

Thank you doctor

I have no previous issue of high BP. I have developed it only after testing positive from COVID-19. I am not taking anti-hypertensive medicines as of now.

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

For controlling high blood pressure,

1) Avoid smoking and other addictions

2) Reduce salt intake in the diet.

3) Reduce fatty foods, junk foods, saturated fats.

4) Avoid stress and anxiety.

5) Do regular moderate-intensity exercise such as brisk walk for 30 minutes

6) Have proper night sleep, at least eight hours in a day, including atleast six hours in uninterrupted night sleep.

7) Reduce weight even if the weight is within normal range.

8) Drink plenty of water.

9) Do deep breathing exercises and meditation.

10) Along with these measures, have renal function test and electrolytes levels and ECG (electrocardiograph).

11) Take an anti-hypertensive tablet. I would suggest you with:

  • Tablet Lisinopril 5mg daily at night time.

12) After one week, repeat renal function tests and electrolytes levels. If unchanged, continue the medicines.

13) Take daily BP reading two to three times per day. BP will begin to decrease in one to two weeks. After one month, if BP is still not decreased, then we may increase the dose.


Regarding follow up:

After two weeks.


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