As a result, the group warns, many patients put their health at risk unnecessarily by allowing serious medical problems to go untreated. People with diseases that are initially symptom-free are at particularly high risk of skipping or neglecting medication, according to the NCPIE.
?Although high blood pressure more than triples the risk of heart disease, for example, just 51% of patients stick with their prescribed antidote,? said the researchers.
The NCPIE report, however, concludes that a broad range of Americans, from senior citizens to teenagers, rank poorly in their adherence to needed medications. The current high levels of medication nonadherence are placing huge financial pressures on American health care, according to the report.
Poor adherence to prescribed
medication can cost an extra
$2000 a year for each patient in
extra physician visits alone, and
nationwide the problem may be
costing the country $177 billion
in medical bills and lost productivity.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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