Wednesday, March 19, 2008

6 Months Post-MI: ¼ of Patients Stop Medication

In addition to 4/5 of patients not picking up their medication after an acute myocardial infarction (Jackevicius, et al.), a recent study shows that a further 7% of patients will have stopped taking medication at just 1-month post-MI. There is a serious problem with persistence in this population. Of those who began the treatment, by 6 months 78% will still be taking medication and by 2 years that will have dropped to 50%. Therefore, by 2 years, only approximately 2/5 of the original cardiac patients will persist with treatment.