For patients with cardiovascular disorders, adherence to medication goes a long way in ensuring that their health is in its tiptop condition. However, 60 percent of these patients are not complying with the medication as prescribed by their doctors, according to a study.
Published in the American Heart Association, the study revealed that non-adherence to medication remains to be a major problem for cardiovascular patients, often leading to poor clinical outcomes, frequent hospitalization, and increased mortality.
To prevent the worst consequences of heart disease, expert says that religious compliance to medication should be a top priority—starting from curbing the risk factors associated with the disorder.
“One of the risk factors for developing heart disease is having high blood cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of formation of plaques and atherosclerosis,” said Dr. Amado Nazal, medical director at Pharex Health Corporation. “If our patients will comply with their medication from the moment their doctors instruct them to lower their cholesterol levels, then we will be able to keep their condition from worsening.”
He added, “We believe that many patients fail to adhere to their medication because of the costs that come with it. However, medication need not be expensive, which is why we have launched our 15-day ‘Compliance Pouch for Cholestero’ to help patients easily take their medication.”
Explaining what happens when cholesterol levels rise, the doctor said, “Fat as a result of bad cholesterol can build up on the walls of your heart’s arteries, which suppresses the smooth blood circulation that’s crucial to our body system’s functions.”
When arteries are narrowed down or blocked, the heart will not be able to pump blood to the other parts of the body, Nazal added. “Too much cholesterol weakens our heart, therefore putting to risk our lives.”