To control hypertension, adults prefer tea, pills over exercise

Adults asked about controlling hypertension said they are more inclined to take a daily pill or drink tea rather than exercise, according to results of an abstract presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions.

To assess how adults weigh the benefits of hypertension treatment options against their inconvenience, Erica Spatz, MD, MHS, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine in the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues conducted a survey of antihypertensive treatment preferences among 1,284 adults who were recruited using Amazon MTurk and 100 patients who presented to an outpatient clinic.

The researchers asked participants to imagine scenarios in which they had hypertension, if they did not, and asked their willingness to adopt treatments via tea, exercise, injection or pill, to gain an extra month, year or 5 years of life.

Spatz and colleagues estimated gains in life expectancy by age and sex, derived from meta-analyses of pills, but applied to all interventions. They determined the difference between the calculated benefit and respondents’ expressed minimum desired benefit for taking the therapy, which is a measure of undesirability.

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