Thursday, August 15, 2019

New CPSTF Recommendation on Pharmacy-Based Interventions for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Patients taking their blood pressure medication as prescribed is associated with 45% greater odds of controlling their blood pressure compared with not taking the medications properly. Improvements in blood pressure control may decrease the burden of heart disease and stroke. 

Additionally, patients with high cholesterol who do not adhere to their medications have a 26% greater likelihood of a cardiovascular-related hospitalization compared to patients who adhere to their prescriptions.

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends tailored pharmacy-based adherence interventions for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. Evidence shows interventions delivered or guided by pharmacists increase the number of patients who report taking medications as prescribed.

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