Heart Attack Survivors Don't Take Medications Consistently

Many patients with clogged arteries or those who have survived a heart attack don't consistently take medications prescribed to prevent life-threatening complications, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Less than half of patients took their drugs at least four out of every five days, a rate that lowered the odds of death, heart attack and surgery. “We have effective, safe inexpensive drugs that prevent stroke, death and heart attack but they don't work unless the patient chooses to take them,” said Dr. Marie Brown, a researcher at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. (Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology).