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Texas A&M: High Costs Can Make Lifesaving Medications Out of Reach for Millions of Americans with Cardiovascular Disease

One in 8 adults with common heart diseases and stroke skip taking medications, delay filling prescriptions or take lower doses than prescribed because of concerns about cost, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Dr. Bita Kash, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Texas A&M School of Public Health and director of the Center for Outcomes Research, a partnership between Houston Methodist and the School of Public Health, and colleagues analyzed survey responses from 14,279 adults (average age 65, 44 percent female) who took part in the National Health Interview Survey between 2013 and 2017. All had previously been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, heart-related chest pain, a heart attack or a stroke.

Dr. Kash and colleagues found that, during the previous year:

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