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Thursday, February 18, 2021

February is Heart Month: Focus on Medication Adherence

As former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said, “Drugs don’t work if patients don’t take them.” 

To maintain heart health, it's important for patients to take all of their medications as prescribed, including those that help manage blood pressure or keep high cholesterol in check.

Reasons for medication nonadherence include complex dosing regimens, poor health professional–patient communication, use of hard-copy prescriptions, and the cost of medication.

Numerous strategies, including educating patients, simplifying treatment, and coordinating patient care across the health care team, can improve adherence.

Visit the Million Hearts portal for tools and resources to increase your patients', loved ones and your own success in managing your heart health.

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