Does COVID Raise Blood Pressure and Heart Rate?

COVID-19 may cause inflammation in the body, leading to changes in blood pressure.

Damage to blood vessels as a result of the virus can lead to an increase in blood pressure.

Some people with COVID-19 may develop a condition called "cytokine storm," in which the immune system releases a large number of inflammatory molecules that leads to high blood pressure.

COVID-19 can also cause respiratory problems, such as difficulty breathing, which can lead to an increase in heart rate as the body works harder to get enough oxygen.

Some people with COVID-19 may be treated with medications, such as corticosteroids, that can affect blood pressure and heart rate.

It's important to note that effects vary widely among individuals, and not everyone with COVID-19 will experience changes in blood pressure or heart rate.

We recommend you monitor your blood pressure and heart rate and report any unusual changes to your healthcare provider.

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