Tips for Taking Blood Pressure Medicines As Directed

Tips for Taking Blood Pressure Medicines As Directed

Meet America’s adults over 65. Seventy percent of them have high blood pressure… and nearly fifty percent of
those don’t have it under control. Even with Medicare Part D coverage, about
5 million adults aren’t taking their blood pressure medicines as directed. So why does that matter? Because high blood pressure is one of the
leading causes of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death in the United States. Along with healthy food choices
and regular physical activity, blood pressure medicines
reduce those risks… but only if prescriptions
are filled in the first place. And one in four adults with
Medicare Part D skip doses or stop taking their medicines all together. Some are reluctant to treat a problem
that often doesn’t have symptoms. Others get confused over
when to take which pills… or worry about cost or unwanted side effects. The thing is, heart disease, stroke, and kidney
disease don’t care about those factors. But you can take action. Ask questions about how to correctly take
your medicine and why you need it. Keep track of your blood pressure between
medical appointments with a home monitor. Coordinate pill refills for
fewer trips to the pharmacy… …and reduce confusion by using
weekly pill boxes and tracking apps. It’s easy to download free tip sheets and
tools to help you or your loved ones take their blood pressure medicines
on time and in the right amount. To learn more, visit [MUSIC]

3 Replies to “Tips for Taking Blood Pressure Medicines As Directed”

  1. I want to know if I am given meds for high blood pressure and dont really have high blood pressure, can it kill me. Also can the meds cause my neck and back to swell and be in pain for months?

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