Most people don't take heart drugs as directed

Published: November, 2012

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.

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