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Physicians play an important role in helping patients modify unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors, but they do not always routinely advise their hypertensive patients to change their behavior. Only an adequate adherence to prescribed therapies can avoid risks, and failure to tackle adherence issues early may cost the physician more time and energy later. This booklet gives some suggestions to improve patient's compliance in hypertension.
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How to improve compliance in... HYPERTENSION
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High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the most important preventable causes of premature morbidity and mortality. It’s a major risk factor for stroke, heart failure, myocardial infarction, and chronic kidney disease. According to NICE guidelines 2011, at least one quarter of adults (and more than half of those older than 60) have high blood pressure.
However, the level of patients’ compliance with medical and non-medical treatment recommendations is low. It has been estimated that fewer than 10% of all hypertensive patients achieve the recommended target blood pressure (BP) levels of <140/90 mmHg, despite the well-known risks associated with hypertension and the overwhelming evidence from numerous clinical trials of the benefits of antihypertensive medication.
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