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Urine test finds what makes people say no to blood pressure lowering pills - (ScienceDaily via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Study data published in Hypertension suggests that more than one third of people with hypertension do not take their blood pressure medication, ScienceDaily reported Friday.

  • The researchers used a mass-spectrometry technique to examine blood and urine samples from almost 1400 people and found that non-adherence to the blood pressure lowering drugs was 41.6 percent in the UK and 31.5 percent in the Czech Republic.

  • Further, with each additional prescription, the rate of non-adherence increased by 85 percent and 77 percent, respectively.

  • Study lead Maciej Tomaszewski said that "the more blood pressure lowering drugs are prescribed, the higher the risk that the patients will not be taking them on a regular basis. We also showed that diuretics are particularly poorly taken."

  • The results from the analysis showed that patients' age, sex, the number of blood pressure lowering medications and the diuretics together can provide a good measure of the risk of not taking the medications on a regular basis.

  • The researchers suggest that a formula can be developed to estimate the risk of not taking blood pressure lowering drugs without a need of a urine/blood analysis, with Tomaszewski noting that "not all countries will have sufficient expertise and the financial capacity to invest in technology that we are using."

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