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Half of heart patients don't stick with meds

Half of heart patients don't stick with meds | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Take Home Message:  It's known that patients don't always follow doctors' orders and few systems exist  to address this.  In my experience, the best way to stay on track is to have regular (twice annual) follow-up with a physician who is monitoring critical values like cholesterol & blood pressure and reviews the medication list to explain the utility and benefit of continued medication adherence.  It's not sophisticated, doesn't involve technology, but does work.

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Just half of people who are given a prescription to prevent heart disease continue to get their medications refilled over time. And among people who have already had a heart attack, one out of every three fails to continue getting their prescription refilled. The studies looked at seven medications, including aspirin, blood pressure drugs, and cholesterol-lowering statins, typically intended for life-long use. They estimate that 130,000 people die each year because they don't adhere to their prescriptions. 

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Why do Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patient's not take their medications?

Why do Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patient's not take their medications? | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Key Takeaways:

Medications in CHF have been shown to reduce death and hospitalization rates.

Not reliably taking medications (nonadherence) rates are high. The factors predicting nonadherence remain unclear.  These authors identified 3 factors that more than doubled the likelihood of patients not "staying with the program"

1.  lapses in attention OR = 2.65

2.  excessive daytime sleepiness OR = 2.51

3.  Two or more medication dosings daily OR= 2.59

 

Adherence averaged about 84%, dosing adherence averaged 77%, and timing adherence averaged 63%.

Several factors anticipated to predict adherence were not significant predictors. Practical support for self-care, income, cost of medications, minor depression were all not predictors of adherence. The most likely reason for the difference between these results and past reports might be that most prior studies measured adherence using self-reportong.

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