Controlling High Blood Pressure

Published on 21 September 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults have difficulty controlling their blood pressure. The CDC estimates five million adults aged 65 and older are not taking their blood pressure medicine correctly. The CDC also believes about 70 percent of older adults have high blood pressure, but only half of those patients manage to keep it under control.

To raise awareness of this silent killer, Stephanie Crist, Pharm.D., BCACP, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, talked with Fox 2 News anchor John Pertzborn about the problem. In an interview on “Fox 2 in the Morning,” Crist stressed the importance of taking medication as prescribed. She talked through some of the major barriers patients encounter with their medicine, including forgetfulness and fear of side effects.

Crist also talked about the how patients benefit from keeping an open dialogue with their pharmacist about potential side effects, the advantages of medication therapy management and useful aids patients can use to help remind them to take their medication.

Watch the entire interview on the Fox 2 website.

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