Hypertension costly to patients, society

(Reuters Health) – Each year, U.S. adults with high blood pressure incur almost $2,000 more in annual healthcare costs, according to a new study

“The increased cost burden of hypertension may cause some patients to discontinue antihypertensive medication,” especially if they don’t have insurance coverage for prescription drugs, Dr. Robert M. Carey of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study, said by email.

Nationally, healthcare for adults with high blood pressure, or hypertension, costs an extra $131 billion per year, according to Dr. Elizabeth B. Kirkland of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and colleagues.

Kirkland’s team used data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to analyze 12 years of medical expenditures for nearly 225,000 adults, about a third of whom had hypertension.

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