BP meds provoke anxiety

Patients with high sensitivity to anxiety are twice as likely as less sensitive people to avoid blood pressure medication, according to a US study.

The 113-patient study found 65% of patients with high sensitivity did not take their blood pressure (BP) medications compared with 37% of patients with low anxiety sensitivity.

Patients with high sensitivity are also more likely to report side effects from their BP medications.

“The results suggest anxiety sensitivity may be an important yet vastly understudied psychological determinant of BP medication non-adherence in primary care patients with uncontrolled hypertension,” write the authors in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.

Researchers suggest patients prone to