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Non-adherence to medication increases stroke risk in patients with high blood pressure

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4586 (Published 17 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4586
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Patients with high blood pressure who do not take their antihypertensive medication as recommended have a nearly fourfold increased risk of dying from a stroke by the second year after being prescribed treatment compared to those who do, a study has found.1

Researchers used nationwide registers in Finland that give details of anonymised individuals on medication, admissions to hospital, and deaths from 1 January 1995 to 31 December.

They assessed adherence to antihypertensive medication by tracking the number of prescriptions filled for the …

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