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Tips for Taking Blood Pressure Medicines As Directed

[NARRATOR] 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 millionhearts.hhs.gov.

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