March 8, 2013

It’s a Good Sign to be in a Bad Mood


honey-badgerThis headline only applies to people who take blood pressure medication. A study in the International Journal of Hypertension doesn’t help in the public relations for good blood pressure from medication.

Does medical adherence bode well in the emotional responses from patients being treated for high blood pressure? The evaluation of 101 patients with Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure took place in a 90-day period.

The data gathered from patients was based on pharmacy refill records, physical exams, and emotional assessments.  The patients emotional response was classified as positive, negative, or neutral.

Just over 71% of patients adhered to the medication protocol. Of the 71%, 25% of participants had a negative emotional response and 9% had a positive emotional response. This leaves the remaining 66% of compliant patients as natural.

At the end of the study, researchers realized that negative, not positive or neutral emotional response was a good indication of patient medicine adherence. Of course, medicine adherence correlated to better blood pressure.

The honey badger doesn’t care and isn’t the nicest animal. If honey badgers took blood pressure medication, they’d probably be 91% of the pie. WARNINGthe video is graphic and vulgar but pretty funny.

Perhaps the next best blood pressure drug will be one that combines a mood-lifting molecule with blood pressure medication. It’s a win-win. Elevated moods and lower blood pressure.

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