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Elderly people are less likely to take blood pressure medication if they suffer a concurrent illness that has symptoms, according to a study. Treatment of symptomatic conditions of cardiac disease, respiratory disorders (asthma, COPD), depression, constipation, diarrhea and arthritis were more likely to take precedence over control of hypertension. Hypertension is dubbed the "silent killer" as it is a degenerative condition which causes disability slowly until a catastrophic event such as a heart attack or stroke occurs. High blood pressure is an easily controllable disease with use of antihypertensive medications and regular monitoring by a physician.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by eMaxHealth
About: Poor compliance of elderly with antihypertensives
Date: 3 July 2005
Author: American Heart
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