Hypertension & Compliance

Examines positive health effects of hypertension education on patient compliance with medical regimen.

EFFECTS OF PATIENT HYPERTENSION EDUCATION ON COMPLIANCE:
A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
Hypertension has been estimated to affect over 15 percent of the general population in North America, and is a leading risk factor for coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure stroke, kidney disease, and retinopathy (Fodor, 1994); in the United States alone, it is estimated that 50 to 60 million people suffer from hypertension (Bittar, 1995). In the past two decades the proportion of treated patients with well-controlled hypertension has increased to over 40 percent; however, one third are either unaware of their condition, or the reduction of blood pressure in those treated is unsatisfactory (Fodor, 1994).

Some hypertensive conditions are considered to be resistant; usually such conditions are present when a patient’s..

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