The scale of the hypertension epidemic is difficult to overstate. Affecting approximately 20% of men and 25% of women, hypertension is one of the most pervasive medical conditions in the world.1
One of the most common treatments for hypertension is medication. Patients often take as many as three or more daily medications, each of which may cause a range of unpleasant side effects. In fact, nonadherence doubles when patients move from two to three drugs.2,3,4
Uncontrolled hypertension is the single largest contributor to death and remains a major health burden that dramatically increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart and kidney failure.5,6,7
The annual costs of treating hypertension are expected to triple. Adults with hypertension spend 3.2x more on medical care.8
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