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Taking Medications

Z20014 CardioSmart New Website Graphics_V2_Medication AdheranceThe use of medications has led to dramatic advances in the treatment and prevention of many cardiovascular diseases. It’s thanks to many of these medications – combined with heart-healthy lifestyle changes – that many people are living longer and feeling better. 

But medications only work if you take them as directed. If you skip doses, elect not to take a prescribed medicine or take too much, it can be dangerous. 

In fact, not taking medication as prescribed – medication non-adherence – is a leading reason for hospitalizations, more frequent doctor visits and medical costs. It can also interrupt timely care.

Think about it this way: Managing your medications is just as important to protect your heart health as getting enough exercise and eating a heart-healthy diet.  

  • Last Edited 07/04/2015