Medication adherence and blood pressure control: A scientific statement from the american heart association

Niteesh K. Choudhry, Ian M. Kronish, Wanpen Vongpatanasin, Keith C. Ferdinand, Valory N. Pavlik, Brent M. Egan, Antoinette Schoenthaler, Nancy Houston Miller, David J. Hyman

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The widespread treatment of hypertension and resultant improvement in blood pressure have been major contributors to the dramatic age-specific decline in heart disease and stroke. Despite this progress, a persistent gap remains between stated public health targets and achieved blood pressure control rates. Many factors may be important contributors to the gap between population hypertension control goals and currently observed control levels. Among them is the extent to which patients adhere to prescribed treatment. The goal of this scientific statement is to summarize the current state of knowledge of the contribution of medication nonadherence to the national prevalence of poor blood pressure control, methods for measuring medication adherence and their associated challenges, risk factors for antihypertensive medication nonadherence, and strategies for improving adherence to antihypertensive medications at both the individual and health system levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E1-E14
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • AHA Scientific Statements
  • Hypertension
  • Medication adherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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