One in five adults on blood pressure medications

The number of blood pressure patients taking medication has nearly doubled in just ten years – from 510,000 to more than 877,000 – but only one third of those patients are showing a significant drop in blood pressure. Doctors behind a study of 37,000 patients say that while simply prescribing a pill may give both patients and doctors a “false sense of security”, many patients may need higher doses or a different treatment protocol to actually get their blood pressure down to a safe level. – Jyllands-Posten