Almost 5 million Americans are not taking their blood pressure medication as they should. According to a study from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these patients skip doses of medication or stopped taking them. This increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Researchers used data from 18.5 million Medicare Part D enrollees and discovered that only 25 percent of the prescriptions for blood pressure meds were not filled. The big issue is that most of them are not even starting the treatment, so they are at higher risk. Even though heart diseases kill 800 000 people every year, in the United States, people do not seem to pay attention to their pills. Moreover, high blood pressure medication is able to prevent mental decline, as a side effect.
There are older people who think that only because they eat healthily and exercise, they are safe. Unfortunately, sometimes the disease is too dangerous and meds are needed. Doctors say that medication is necessary for the majority of people who have high blood pressure.
Researchers discovered that there are communities where blood pressure meds are not so popular. For example, most of the people who do not take their treatment are black and Hispanics. Of course, the issue can be found no matter the ethnic group. However, it seems that there are parts of the country at higher risk for heart attacks. As it was expected, those people who have lower incomes are less likely to their blood pressure meds because they are not able to afford it. There are also people who have higher income, but they do not want to take any medication. Even though they could feel good now, their health problems will be bigger in the future.
Doctors and healthy systems are the best way to make people take their high blood pressure meds. They must explain to their patients that these pills can save their life. Moreover, they should check if the patients are taking their drugs or not.
There are millions of Americans who do not take their meds. When it comes to high blood pressure, they should be worried because a heart attack can happen anytime. The most important thing is to make them understand that one pill can make the difference and improve your health. Of course, healthy food is important, exercise helps, but without medication, all these could not be enough.
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