A unique data set is providing researchers with some cluesinto the murky realm of medication adherence for patients who have hypertension.
Controlling hypertension can be a difficult task and increases the risk for cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. It is estimated that only 30% of patients treated for hypertension achieve their target blood pressure goals. For physicians, the question becomes: are these patients not responding to the initial therapy, or are they not taking their medications in the prescribed manner?
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