High blood pressure patients not taking meds

3 April 2014        

Blood pressure test strap

Around one in four people prescribed drugs for high blood pressure are risking their health by not taking their meds properly, according to research.

Researchers analysed urine samples from 208 people with high blood pressure. A quarter of people were found to be not taking their blood pressure drugs properly.

One in ten (10%) did not take their drugs at all and a further one in seven (15%) were only taking them part of the time.

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Doireann Maddock, said: “Although this is a small study, it highlights a big problem.

“High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart and circulatory disease. Not taking prescribed meds means blood pressure levels are uncontrolled, which could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

“If you’re thinking about stopping your medication because you’re experiencing side effects, make sure you talk to your GP. They will talk things through with you and may suggest changes to your meds, which could help resolve the issue.”

Don't face it alone

There's no need to struggle on alone. You can call our heart helpline to talk to qualified heart nurses about your concerns.

If your prescriptions aren't free and the costs are worrying you, you can look into getting a Prescription Prepayment Certificate.