Current Perspectives in Treatment-Resistant Hypertension

Highlights from a global survey conducted by Harris Interactive*

Sixty-five percent of people with "treatment-resistant hypertension" reported in a new survey that high blood pressure remains their most serious health concern.

Power Over Pressure conducted a global study of more than 4,500 uncontrolled hypertension patients (people taking 1, 2, or no hypertension medications), half of whom are treatment resistant (people taking 3 or more hypertension medications).

Adults with treatment-resistant high blood pressure have more health challenges than do those whose high blood pressure is uncontrolled but not treatment-resistant

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  • Adults with treatment-resistant high blood pressure take a median number of 4 prescription pills daily for their blood pressure (vs 2 among adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure who are currently taking prescription high blood pressure medication) and have also been struggling with their high blood pressure for a median of nine years (vs five years for adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure).
  • 67% of treatment-resistant patients describe their current overall health as fair or poor (vs 54% for adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure).
  • Patients with treatment-resistant hypertension are more likely than patients with uncontrolled hypertension to also be diagnosed with heart disease (26% vs 12%), type 2 diabetes (21% vs 14%), and obesity (37% vs 26%).

Treatment-resistant patients are extremely worried about their overall health

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  • A majority (60%) of patients with treatment-resistant high blood pressure are very worried about having a stroke as a result of their high blood pressure, and more than half (53%) are worried they may die prematurely because of their high blood pressure.
  • Eight out of 10 patients with treatment-resistant high blood pressure say their high blood pressure has had a negative impact on their overall peace of mind (80%) and overall health (87%).
  • A majority of patients with treatment-resistant high blood pressure say their high blood pressure negatively affects their mood (75%), their relationship with their spouse/significant other (57%), and their job or ability to work (64%).

Patients with treatment-resistant high blood pressure want more options

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  • Three out of 4 patients with treatment-resistant high blood pressure (75%) are concerned about the number of medications they are taking and more than 8 out of 10 treatment-resistant patients (84%) say they wish it were easier to get their blood pressure under control.
  • Nearly 8 out of 10 patients with treatment-resistant high blood pressure (79%) wish there were more options to help them manage their blood pressure, and three out of four treatment-resistant patients (75%) say their quality of life would greatly improve if they could control their blood pressure with fewer medications.

About the survey

*This survey was conducted online October 4-25, 2011 by Harris Interactive sponsored by Medtronic among 4,574 adults aged 18+ who self-report that they have been diagnosed with uncontrolled (n=2,649) or resistant (n=1,925) hypertension within the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, and Japan. For complete survey methodology, please contact Survey@PowerOverPressure.com. To reference the survey: “Power Over Pressure Emotional Impact of Treatment-Resistant Hypertension” Medtronic/Harris Interactive, 11/2011.

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