COVID-19 and heart medications
heartfoundation.org.au|Helpline 13 11 12

COVID-19 and heart medications

It is more important than ever to maintain your treatment plan.

Key takeaways

You should maintain your current treatment and medication plan and continue taking your medicines as prescribed.

I heard reports that some blood pressure medications (known as ACE* inhibitors or ARBs**) increase your risk of COVID-19, should I stop taking these medications? 

There is no data to confirm the recent speculation about a link between these medicines and COVID-19 infection. Our advice is to continue to take all your medications, including your blood pressure medicines, as prescribed by your doctor. 

It’s understandable to feel concerned or anxious when there are reports about possible harms from medications. It’s important to talk to your doctor if you have concerns before stopping any of your medicines. 

*ACE inhibitor = angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. **ARB = angiotensin receptor blocker. 

How can I access my prescription medicines without having to visit my pharmacy in person? 

Accessible from 16 March 2020, the Australian government has introduced a temporary COVID-19 Home Medicines Service which aims to support and protect the most vulnerable members of our community. 

People living with heart disease or people in home isolation will be able to order their prescription medicines remotely and have these items delivered to their homes to reduce their potential exposure to COVID-19. 

Some pharmacies will be utilising Australia Post to deliver medicines where appropriate. Contact your community pharmacy for more information on home delivery options. 

Should I be stockpiling my heart medicines? 

Stockpiling of any medicines is not recommended and could result in other people not receiving the medicines that they require. 

There are currently no critical shortages in common medicines used to treat heart disease. 

Some pharmacies have reported local pressure on some brands of cardiac medicines as some suppliers have temporarily run low on stock, but pharmaceutical companies are continuing to manufacture these drugs. 

There is no need to stockpile, your regular monthly supply is all you need. 

Get heart health information and support 

Get free, personalised information and support from the Heart Foundation Helpline. Translation and interpreter service is available.  

Call 13 11 12 or email health@heartfoundation.org.au 

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Department of Health website.  

Trek for Australian Hearts

Trek for Australian Hearts

Trek for Australian Hearts

Join the Heart Foundation in South Australia for the journey of a lifetime, trekking the ancient Flinders Ranges to help save Australian hearts....

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

There is no single cause for any one heart condition, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing one. ...

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation programs and resources to support your recovery....

Support for young adults: Online events

Support for young adults: Online events

Support for young adults: Online events

A series of virtual events for young adults on managing emotional wellbeing. ...

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Join the fight against Australia’s biggest killer by supporting the Heart Foundation.  ...

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Heart Health Check Toolkit

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Join our community of fundraisers who are committed to taking action to fight heart disease....

Aboriginal heart health

Aboriginal heart health

Aboriginal heart health

Visit the St Vincents Hospital NSW and Heart Foundation Aboriginal heart health website for more information...

Personal Walking Plan

Personal Walking Plan

Personal Walking Plan

Feel healthier and happier in six weeks with a free Personal Walking Plan...

Health professional online learning

Health professional online learning

We offer a number of modules focused on improving cardiovascular care....

Q&A with Dr Lewan Parker

Q&A with Dr Lewan Parker

Q&A with Dr Lewan Parker

Identifying microvascular dysfunction as a novel mechanism of poor health in heart failure patients....

Lunch recipes

Lunch recipes

Lunch recipes

Search our lunch recipe ideas...

Clinical resources: Coronary heart disease and mental health

Clinical resources: Coronary heart disease and mental health

The prevalence of depression is high in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD)....

Maryanne was shocked to find she had a hidden heart problem

Maryanne was shocked to find she had a hidden heart problem

Maryanne was shocked to find she had a hidden heart problem

At first, it didn’t cross my mind it could be something serious. ...

9 food and heart health myths, busted

9 food and heart health myths, busted

9 food and heart health myths, busted

Let’s dive into nine common food and health myths and the facts behind them....

Healthy Bowl Recipes

Healthy Bowl Recipes

Healthy Bowl Recipes

Find more heart healthy bowl recipes in our Bowl Foods recipe booklet...

Beef recipes

Beef recipes

Beef recipes

Find heart healthy beef recipes....

Asian recipes

Asian recipes

Asian recipes

Find heart healthy Asian recipes....

Diabetes and heart disease

Diabetes and heart disease

Diabetes and heart disease

Diabetes is an ongoing health condition where your body’s usual ways of controlling your blood sugar, or blood glucose levels, don’t work properly. ...

Italian recipes

Italian recipes

Italian recipes

Find heart healthy Italian recipes....

My health for life program

My health for life program

My health for life program

The Heart Foundation is a proud supporter of the Queensland My health for life program...

Support after a heart attack

Support after a heart attack

Support after a heart attack

Many different thoughts may go through your head after a heart attack and you may be presented with complicated medical info. Know where to get support. ...

Hypertension clinical information and guidelines

Hypertension clinical information and guidelines

Clinical information for diagnosis and management of hypertension....

Healthy chicken fajitas

Healthy chicken fajitas

20 minutes
Serves 4

Blueprint for an active Australia 

Blueprint for an active Australia 

Blueprint for an active Australia 

The Blueprint for an active Australia provides evidence-based actions to help address physical inactivity....

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)

Clinical information and links to SCAD resources....

Exercises to do at home

Exercises to do at home

Exercises to do at home

All you need to know about keeping active during COVID-19....

Smart Heart Guidelines App

Smart Heart Guidelines App

Smart Heart Guidelines App

Access to Australian heart disease guidelines is now free at your fingertips...

Physical activity in the workplace

Physical activity in the workplace

Physical activity in the workplace

Resources to help you create a more physically active workplace....

Vegetarian recipes

Vegetarian recipes

Vegetarian recipes

Search through our vegetarian recipes...