About – About – About: Addressing Nonadherence among Older High Blood Pressure Patients
About 70%of US adults, ages 65 or older, have high blood pressure.
About 50% of adults ages 65 or older with high blood pressure don’t have it under control.
About 5 million adults, ages 65 or older, with Medicare Part D aren’t taking their blood pressure
medicine as directed.
High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death. About 70% of US adults age 65 or
older have high blood pressure and only about half have it under control (less than 140/90 mmHg). Blood pressure
medicine (along with a healthy diet and exercise) can protect the heart, brain, and kidneys, but only if patients take it
and keep their blood pressure controlled. However, at least 25% of adults, ages 65 or older, with Medicare Part D
prescription drug insurance are not taking their blood pressure medicine as directed. This means they may skip doses
or stop taking it altogether. Health care systems, including providers, medical practices, pharmacies, hospitals,
community health workers, and insurers can work with patients to make taking medicine easier.
NCPIE encourages healthcare professionals and community groups to foster patient–professional communication about medicines. However, NCPIE does not supervise or endorse the activities of any group or professional. Discussion and action concerning medicines are solely the responsibility of the patient and their healthcare professionals, and not NCPIE.
Please consult a licensed health care professional with questions or concerns about your medication and/or condition.