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Heart Disease: What Happens When You Skip Your Medication

Do you have a problem remembering your heart medication, yet can’t be bothered? Well, you won’t be the first, but the outcome can be devastating and you need to know.

As you would imagine, medication noncompliance is a major public health concern. In the United States, almost 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure and almost half of them don’t have their medication under control. That is a grave reality, because according to a study, adherence to blood pressure medication contributes to 45% better control of blood pressure than those who don’t.

When you skip your blood pressure medication, your pressure becomes poorly regulated, putting stress on your body organs. That is certainly not ideal, because these organs may progress to fail. It’s just like how you perform poorly during stressful times, and eventually crack when pressure mounts further.

Similarly, when you skip your blood thinning medication, you put yourself at high risk of having blood clots. Heart attack or stroke is what will follow.

Hence, speak to your healthcare professional if you have problems remembering your medication. If you are skipping because of medication side effects, consult your pharmacist immediately for advice. We are here to tackle your condition, and we can provide you with a practical medication plan that suits you best. Never skip your medication.  

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About The Author
Mai Chun Wai
Dr Mai Chun Wai graduated with First Class Honours and Dean’s List from the International Medical University (IMU) Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2009. He was the recipient of Sanofi-Aventis Award and Kotra Pharma Award for excellence in research in the graduating class. Dr Mai then graduated with PhD in Medical and Health Sciences (Medicinal Chemistry) from IMU under the joint supervision from IMU, University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom, UK) in 2014. In 2012, he was awarded the IMU Young Alumnus Award 2012 for his noteworthy contributions to community and society with significant personal and professional achievement.

Currently he is appointed as Lecturer in School of Pharmacy, IMU. His research team published numerous peer reviewed papers related to drug discovery and rationale drug use. His team is clearly on a trajectory to developing a national and international reputation, as exemplified by being the only Malaysian selected in the Southeast Asia-European Union-NET II (SEA-EU-NET II) Fellowship 2016, his selection as the first awardee of the Research Mobility Grant 2016 to work as a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Protein Biochemistry, National Research Council, Naples, Italy, his appointment as a Research Fellow of the Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation 2015, to work in Cambridge (United Kingdom) and his award of a travel scholarship funded by the Royal Society United Kingdom to participate in a workshop at UK in 2015.

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