Hypertension (2017) 69:1113-1120
Two people in five do not adhere to antihypertensives, according to research from the University of Leicester. Indeed, one in seven do not take any of their antihypertensive.
The researchers used a sensitive analytical technique (high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry) to measure levels of antihypertensives in the urine and serum in 676 patients, aged on average 55.8 years (48.5% male), from the UK. Of these, 41.6% showed total or partial nonadherence to antihypertensives. Moreover, 14.5% showed total nonadherence. Women were 65% more likely to be non-adherent than men.