(CNN)As the novel coronavirus sweeps the globe, people with high blood pressure are among those who are at heightened risk for more severe complications should they contract Covid-19.
"If you get an extraordinary viral disease that will damage your lungs, you need a heart that can work with how your body responds to the virus," said Dr. Maria Carolina Delgado-Lelievre, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine.
But for those with hypertension, "Covid will cause a systemic reaction in the body in a patient that already has risk" because of poor heart health, she said. That means the virus can attack multiple organ systems.
The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from February 12 to March 28 showed that 9% of Covid-19 patients in the United State