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People who suffer from physical or psychological conditions with concurrent hypertension tend not to take their blood pressure medication according to a recent study. Physical disorders involved in the study included asthma, chronic lung disease, gastrointestinal illness and osteoarthritis. Psychological disorders mainly included depression. Issues lie in the fact that hypertension can be symptomless, limited time allocated to the consultation and the cost of medications. Addressing high blood pressure in people is essential as it leads to heart attacks and strokes. Recent identification of another risk factor of heart disease and stroke has found that raised C-reactive protein, detectable via blood test, in elderly people can also influence the morbidity and mortality of cardiovascular disease. C-reactive protein can be reduced by losing weight and with cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins.
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About: Co-morbidities override high blood pressure
Date: 28 June 2005
Source: HealthDay News
Author: Ed Edelson
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