Personalised advice could be key to tackling hypertension

High blood pressure is one of the major causal factors for cardiovascular disease and has long been associated with poor heart health.

Despite this well known link, many of the ten million people who suffer from the condition are failing to adhere to their prescribed medication.

Published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, a new study has shown that the key to boosting medication compliance and improving people's cardiovascular health could be one-to-one "adherence therapy".

Researchers from the University of East Anglia found that adherence therapy can boost compliance to 97 per cent.

In contrast, of those involved in the study who did not receive compliance sessions, only 71 per cent managed to stick to their medication.

Professor Richard Gray, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the university, said: "Our findings suggest a clear clinical benefit in these patient-centred sessions.

"Tackling the widespread failure to take medication correctly would lead to a major reduction in stroke and heart disease."

1 Gray, Richard at al. "Adherence therapy for medication non-compliant patients with hypertension: a randomised controlled trial". The Journal of Human Hypertension. Thursday, February 17th 2011.

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