Did you know? 70% of US adults age 65 or older have high blood pressure and 50% of those with high blood pressure are uncontrolled.
Poor adherence to taking prescribed anti-hypertensive medications has been identified as a leading cause of poor blood pressure control resulting in increased cardiovascular disease risk and worsening health outcomes.
The good news is there are simple steps we can take to improve adherence and blood pressure control. These steps include:
- Simplifying blood pressure treatments.
- Prescribing generics to keep costs low.
- Encouraging the use of home blood pressure monitoring to increase awareness among patients and caregivers.
For more information, check out the CDC’s Blood Pressure Control fact sheet