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Most people don't take heart drugs as directed

Not taking heart medications as directed is very common, according to a study in the American Journal of Medicine. Researchers combined the findings of 20 different studies, which revealed how often

Only 57% of people in these studies filled their prescriptions as directed. People who had already suffered a heart attack were more likely to take prescriptions as directed (66%) compared with people taking medications to prevent future heart problems.

The researchers checked to see if people adhered to their therapy less frequently for drugs with more side effects. This did not appear to be the case, at least not in the studies examined.

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