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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Blood meds study shock

Around one in four people prescribed drugs to lower longstanding blood pressure either just doesn't take them at all or only part of the time, a new study suggests.

Those referred for further treatment, because of "resistant hypertension" were most likely not to be taking their tablets properly, the findings in the journal 'Heart' show.

Researchers analysed the urine samples of 208 patients with high blood pressure attending a specialist hypertension clinic.

The urine samples were analysed for a wide range of the most commonly prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure, using a widely available technique called high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, or HP LC-MS/MS for short.

One in four of the 208 patients was not taking their blood pressure drugs properly; one in 10 (10pc) was not complying with treatment at all; while a further one in seven (15pc) was only taking them part of the time.

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