Covid-19 Vaccine and Hypertension: Am I at Risk
October 19, 2021
Updated On - January 10, 2022
Hypertension is a predominant health issue found amongst people worldwide. It is a condition where the pressure of the flowing blood is too high against the wall of the arteries. An individual with high blood pressure problems is at a greater risk of suffering stroke, cardiovascular diseases, and kidney problems.
Research is being done to find the link between hypertension and Covid-19. Several studies state that hypertension with obesity, diabetes, heart and kidney problems weakens your immune system. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person with uncontrolled high blood pressure is more prone to severe Covid-19 infection. Since the coronavirus affects the cells and tissues associated with the organs of high blood pressure, the initial symptoms might be difficult to distinguish.
Medical experts recommend that people with such comorbidities get vaccinated soon to prevent getting infected or avoid serious illness from the infection. Very rarely the cases of allergic reactions are recorded in vaccination. Some common symptoms of hypertension include exhaustion, shortness of breath, sudden headache, chest pain, etc. Hypertension can be controlled through medication and adapting to healthy lifestyle habits such as:
- Eat low-sodium foods.
- Eat heart-healthy foods like omega oil, fresh vegetables, fruits, protein-rich food, low-fat products, etc.
- Maintain healthy body weight with regular exercise.
- Adopt healthy coping mechanisms during stress.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking (if applicable).
- Monitor blood pressure and blood sugar levels regularly at home.
- Take prescribed high blood pressure tablets. These medicines will not affect the vaccine efficiency or worsen the Covid-19 infection.
The effects of the vaccine can vary in every individual and remain for a day or two. Common reactions include:
- Fever and chills
- Body weakness
- Pain and inflammation. After vaccination, avoid extreme workouts to prevent body exhaustion. Drink plenty of water and get as much rest as you can. Consume a healthy diet with soups and fruits, and avoid junk for a few days. If the vaccine side effects remain after 4 to 5 days, it is best advised to consult your doctor immediately. Follow Covid-19 precaution protocol, even after getting vaccinated.
- Wear your face mask in public places
- Avoid touching your face with bare hands
- Wash or sanitize your hands regularly
- Use floor cleaners or antiseptic liquids while cleaning house floors, bathrooms, etc.
There are many studies conducted to study the effects of the Covid-19 vaccine on hypertension. There are no direct effects linked to hypertension. But, some people may experience anxiety or an extreme pain response due to which the blood pressure may shoot up. According to the research data, the Covid-19 vaccine is safe for all age groups and free of charge for all front-line workers. If you are not sure about the vaccinations, you should consult a doctor and seek approval to dispel any doubts.