Poor compliance leads to complications

A study involving more than 200,000 patients prescribed an anti­hypertensive in 2003 found 37.5% ceased treatment almost immediately.

By 2008, patients who discontinued had a 7% increased rate of hospitalisation for a cardiovascular (CV) event compared to those never prescribed an antihypertensive.

“Similar findings were obtained for [patients discontinuing] antidiabetic or lipid-lowering medications for which the… difference in CV rate was even greater (+21% and +18% respectively),” the authors said.

Am J Hypertens 2012, online 26 Jan